November 2012

Free to think

November 26, 2012

In the days When I could not think My thoughts Huddled together In the deep dark caves Trying to keep warm Until they could Break free Until the abyss Was washed with love Deep enough Warm enough To carry them out On a tide Of well-wishing Ushered into The world of thinkers Where love Is […]

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Language

November 23, 2012

We smile at each other Knowingly Knowing we do not Speak the same language Native tongues Mouths and lips Moving to a different Choreographer I point to a vegetable I do not know She smiles and nods Encouraging me to try it She says the name I have never heard before A word to chew […]

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Birthday

November 21, 2012

We sat around the table Celebrating My birthday The cake We laughed and ate It all up From the corner of my eye You walked in Someone I hadn’t seen in years All fresh in your warm brown sports jacket Crisp white shirt Unbuttoned at the neck Glasses as thick as ever You watched me […]

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Distant relatives

November 20, 2012

The woman on the bus Talking to no-one in particular And someone very specific “No-one’s going to make me Eat anything I don’t want to And no-one’s going to make me Eat with people I hate. I am not going to eat with pigs” She glares down the bus She is elegant In her own […]

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My father’s ears

November 17, 2012

You said you would love me Even if I had no ears I heard it and thought I knew What you meant You liked the way I listened to you But then I remembered You were deaf Your ears were whittled away By time and the sun And the dermatologist Your ears were shadows of […]

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Between

November 15, 2012

Between experience and the words to describe it Is the space where feelings live Things go by so fast We forget We felt Something horrible One minute Followed by something Forgivable The next And then we were distracted and forgot Again What happened in the first place I think that’s how life is Even though […]

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Tomboy

November 10, 2012

I was a tomboy I was a girl Who loved to be free In a boyish way Who could hammer nails Ride bikes Ride ponies Climb trees Roller skate through life With rough and tumble energy The impact of a tomboy life Kept me alive In a way Nothing else could My body Hit hard things […]

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Caught

November 9, 2012

She caught us With our pants down We were three years old Just doing what we had seen Or thought we had Arms around each other Hugging and holding on tight Pushing our lips together Which felt a bit yucky Like letting in the texture Of a banana slug Which I’ve heard you can Lick […]

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Restless

November 6, 2012

I’m restless Not lost Just restless Nothing to do That is not me I never have nothing to do But I am slowing down Starting to see Space Well, imagine that What is in the open space of my mind? I have never been there Like a banquet room Locked, musty, still and unused Waiting, […]

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Words

November 4, 2012

Words are cheap, he said From a stump Some cut-off place where Words fall on deaf ears It is not my view of words Words are precious Little packets of sweet sound Floating from our mouths Drifting into the ears of angels Receptive and embracing The musical lilt of words Made by our voices My […]

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