an acquired taste.

Pools collect at the corners of my mouth,
the salt lick familiarity of a bad day.
I spent 25 years earning my reputation,
from a resilient girl into an inflexible woman,
and took only one year to ruin it.
Tears so seldom use to be cause for poetry,
eliciting a memorandum of occasion,
now I drown in my flood gates heedlessly.

I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full. – Sylvia Plath

Street Song
by Sylvia Plath

By a mad miracle I go intact,
Among the common rout,
Thronging sidewalk, street,
And bickering shops;
Nobody blinks a lid, gapes,
Or cries that this raw flesh
Reeks of the butcher’s cleaver,
Its heart and guts hung hooked,
And bloodied as a cow’s split frame,
Parceled out by white-jacketed assassins.

Oh no, for I strut it clever,
As a greenly escaped idiot,
Buying wine, bread,
Yellow-casqued chrysanthemums –
Arming myself with the most reasonable items,
To ward off, at all cost, suspicions,
Roused by thorned hands, feet, head,
And that great wound,
Squandering red,
From the flayed side.

Even as my each mangled nerve-end,
Trills its hurt out,
Above pitch of pedestrian ear,
So, perhaps I, knelled dumb by your absence,
Alone can hear,
Sun’s parched scream,
Every downfall and crash,
Of gutted star,
And, more daft than any goose,
This cracked world’s incessant gabble and hiss.


6 thoughts on “an acquired taste.

      1. Definitely. And of course that is what poetry is… open to interpretation but your intent always seems to come through. The reader can draw whatever they want from it… but your emotion is usually quite clear.

        I hope you don’t mind, but yesterday I was really angry and hurting over something I’ve been dealing with with a person in my life and you inspired me to go at “poetically”β€”which is something I haven’t done in years. Knowing this person occasionally reads my blog, I couldn’t spell out my feelings in it so I wrote them a scathing letter in poetic form. I’ll probably post it tomorrow. It will be different for me, but I would really covet your opinion and feedback on it.

        I also want you to know that you’re an inspiration, not someone I am trying to “rip off” creatively speaking. πŸ™‚

        Keep it up!

      2. Of course! I am more than excited to see your poetic style and will be looking forward to it. To inspire even just one person swells my heart beyond what I can describe to you and for the rest of the day I’ll be wearing this – walking around with a little more purpose in my step, lol. Thank you for sharing this with me, and letting me know. I hope that your hurt has healed more today because of your poetic letter, and will be a ghost of what it was by the time you post it.

say something to me.

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