Spin my words

I’m falling asleep as I’m typing tonight, which clearly means that it’s time to stop and read a book. But I wanted to share something here, and I thought of this poem which I wrote a few years ago but which still has some resonance with me. I haven’t shared anything of my own here for a long time, but it’s something I’ve thought about doing recently.


If I curl on the couch a hot house plant
set out in the cold and weep green blood
over you, if I say a novena with salt
water and tissues, if I cry my questions
to the bright hard sky, if I shut my door
to all the world and pull the blinds
in all the windows, if I spin my words
to strands my strands to yarn my yarn
to rope to bind us together, if I plunge
your voice into my heart, if I give my shoes
my food my home my anger my song
my history my thought, if I cast my care away
and catch it at its return, if I hide my hurt
as I hide my joy sharing it with no one
a portrait in a secret compartment unmarked
beneath baubles and trinkets, if I haunt you
like your other ghosts, then what?
Will it douse the burning?
Will it build the house again?

(copyright 2011 By Singing Light)



Filed under my writing, poetry

4 responses to “Spin my words

  1. The Baronness of Grandiloquence

    I LOVE this poem. I’ve read it three times in the last five minutes because I want to take it apart and curl up inside it and put it back together around myself (which is how all of my favorite poems make me feel). 🙂

    • Maureen E

      Hello there, Baronness!

      Thank you. 🙂 It was kind of weird reading over my old poems last night and seeing what still resonated with me and what didn’t. I haven’t written anything poetry-wise since 2007, which is weird and bothers me when I think about it too much. But my brain’s just been so full of other things, I think. Hopefully someday it’ll be the right time again.

  2. Joy

    This is just gorgeous. I am truly impressed with your continued metaphor weaved together so beautifully.

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