Poetry Month so Late: First Contribution

April 20, 2012

Readers, you never fail to leave me slack-jawed and amazed.

I’ve gotten such fierce response to sharing favorite words, in poem and in verse, that we’re just gonna go there and share words for the last months of April. Words we love. Words that hit a little too hard. Words that make us re-think things, or anger us because they “just don’t get it.” Words that make us feel small because we have been there, too.

But these words– they are our words–even if we didn’t write them.  They’re the words that become yours when you read them, and you think, “Dear God. This is me, or part of me, or the me that used to be, or the me that I lost.”  Sometimes, alas, it’s the me you regret. Or sometimes  it’s the me you want to become. Or sometimes, it’s just the me you need to endure the day.

When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum.
I call out for you against the jutted stars
And shout into the ridges of the wind.
Streets coming fast,
One after the other,
Wedge you away from me,
And the lamps of the city prick my eyes
So that I can no longer see your face.
Why should I leave you,
To wound myself upon the sharp edges of the night?

~Contribution by the Absence of Alternatives

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Privilege of Parenting April 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Why should I leave you,
To wound myself upon the sharp edges of the night?

So lovely and poignant, so angst-true

So terribly often we stumble into our repeating cyclic pain as a way to heal it; loss, separation, terror; that heals if only the lamps can illuminate and validate the truth of our wounds we might be liberated from our prickly pasts and tumble into the safety of being held instead of hurt


Absence of Alternatives April 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Amy Lowell’s The Taxi. Probably one of my favorite love poems. Thank you for featuring it! Ever since I read it, every time when I am in a taxi driving away, I think of the words.


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