Monday, July 22, 2013

Insouciance
Where is it I watched myself from
those times
I said no, then followed you along anyway.
Those times
I could not find my voice, my legs, my fists-
to scream, to run away, to swing with a fury.
That purple glade, that cold foreign muck that seeped my bones
that kept me compliant,
that something invisible that held me firmly
when everything
in me said this is wrong and I don't know
and stop stop stop.
I felt it under my skin, like an oncoming fever,
like a knife severing
surface from substance.
How like you and everyone else
to watch my sideshow
and think, how like her,
without real thought or action
or interest in my opinion, just
Come along little girl, old standby, old lady, dear ghost.
And even now, I would be a nun among the towering trees
along the quiet path, between the flowers,
following words and my own
thoughts
without a thought to

any of you.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

untitled as yet

It began and at first
that is all that I knew; something
had begun.  His nights of vast
sleeplessness edged up to
his days of panic, a riptide
threatening to pull him under.
Dread like a stubborn moon
refused to set, each [morbid] thought
ebbed higher until, for weeks,
it felt
as if
he stood
on tiptoe, nose
only just
above the water,
about to lose the sand
under his feet, wishing for sleep.
Not pitiless, I slept next to him, drifting
off on rafts of moonlight.
For thirty years he'd slept
through my fears and sorrows,
while I stood the window of night
wishing for ocean
instead of desert.

(or this form)


It began and at first
that is all that I knew; something
had begun.  His nights of vast
sleeplessness edged up to
his days of panic, a riptide
threatening to pull him under.
Dread like a stubborn moon
refused to set, each [morbid] thought
ebbed higher until, for weeks,
it felt as if he stood on tiptoe,
nose
only just
above the water, losing the sand
under his feet, wishing for sleep.
Not pitiless, I slept next to him, drifting
off on rafts of moonlight.
For thirty years he'd slept
through my fears and sorrows,
while I stood at the window of night
wishing for ocean
instead of desert.


Monday, January 7, 2013

Entry for PEACE Poem Project


The Scream     by Susan Demiglio                        
Nothing is small, nothing is great.  Inside us are worlds.
What is small divides itself into what is great, the great into the small.  Edvard Munch
                                   
It seems if I went screaming, out
into the street about mankind’s infidelities,
how it betrays itself over and again,
someone would understand
and would stand shocked—
stock-still—and endorse my scream,
add to my voice their own,
to my horror their own,
and we should amass passersby,
so many that the television cameras could not resist
our resistance.
Children die, always an injustice,
but they are dying today
in mega pixels, in daylight
    to my night, and in the dark.
Bombs explode the faces off of homes;
their jaws dropping on old people,
on families, on children.
Furniture leans out of rooms
toward rubbled streets.
What if I screamed
to wake up the neighbors, then the world.  Inside us are worlds
and I am screaming Munch’s scream, a tortured orange
sunset that circles in
my mouth,
a dented silence,
it is anger and heart break
It is not of no consequence.
Unsaid protests, unstepped marches,
unformed legions all muttering their
disparate dissent,
unjoined passions are not ending the screaming
I cannot hear from the other side of the world.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The New Year





I’m an old hand by now
at promises paid forward earnestly.  
Too soon broken,
like fortune cookies,
we are always looking
for favorable predictions.

Black Dog




I am too cold to leave my bed these mornings
I linger but not too late in the day.
Black dog makes the leap
Then settles down beside me
As naturally as if the bed were his,
As if I had called him up when all I did was stir.
The light is still dim in the room. 
When he turns his head towards me I cannot see his eyes.
As morning light filters in, he studies my face
As if he were contemplating my disease.
He seems to be messaging me a great amount of sympathy with his stare.
This morning he lifted his paw and landed it heavily on my chest,
Like a hand, like a bridge.

Looking for Poetry




Silver light, warm through the window,
warm over the table and across the page.
The words make shadows
in me like empty oak branches
jittery in the wind.

Poetry is





Poetry is a window looking out and a door leading in.

It is the steps cleared of snow, and then the walk.

It is the hollow near your heart that echoes.

Poetry is like small fishes schooling silver in the shallows, water and light and pulsing life that lives longer in the mind than in the hand.

Poetry is a clutch of small black birds noisily springing from the bushes like notes newly released from the sheet music of the day.

It is the whip-snap of sheets on the clothesline.

It is the green memory of spring to the fallen red leaf.

Poetry is the crow-shaped caa that pries me from my sleep and picks at the kernels of my dreams.

It is the derisive emptiness of choices.

It is you, alone in the kitchen at midnight cold, and you underwater, holding your breath with your eyes open.

Poetry is like my first son’s infant fist firmly wrapped around my finger, telling me in that initial moment, I am everything and I am nothing.

Poetry is like the turn-over of dried leaves skipping down the street, the rasping footfalls of the wind.