Originally Blogging the Artist's Way. Thoughts, musings, experience of the 12-week course, January to March 2006. And after that?.... Life, creativity, writing. Where does it all meet? Here, perhaps.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Thursday Poem

It's become my practice to alternate between one of my own and a poem from a poet I love. It's my turn today, and as Liz has asked that we use one of our own, here is a poem that is now 3 years old. Time it saw the light of day.

This is not the poem

This is not the poem of our marriage,
of the long, slow river that it was,
of the width or the depth or the length of it,
of the life, the lives it sustained.

Is this the poem of the way it turned to salt?
Came to a place where we couldn’t tell
we were falling into tidal flats,
flooding, then seeing it all seep away,
filling and failing in turn.

And no going back, no way
to rinse the brine from us?
No choice but to flow into the sea
out of the sprawling estuary wasteland
of the last years?

More Thursday Poems Here


At 13/4/06 4:05 pm, Blogger gkgirl said...

i love when
a poem
catches my interest
with the very
first line...

which this one did...

all the references
to the sea and water
and flowing and failing...
this is a great one

At 13/4/06 6:59 pm, Blogger Endment said...

Yes it is time this poem saw the light of day. Very moving...(ok only a little pun)

At 14/4/06 4:08 am, Blogger liz elayne said...

oh, my dear. i am actually sitting here in a little puddle of tears. reading this poem, your poem, has given me one of those "punched in the gut" moments. in a good way (really). this is beautiful and true and incredible.

At 14/4/06 5:02 pm, Blogger Kara said...

You have such a wonderful way with words. This poem feels very healing to me - I don't know if it had that effect for you when you wrote it. Thank you for showing it the light of day!

At 17/4/06 3:05 am, Blogger Leah said...

wow, this is simply gorgeous. like gkgirl i was sucked in at the first line. you have such an amazing way with words.


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