April 28, 2008

Poem for April 27, 2008

A Question of Coherence

God wound the watch, and it’s been losing time.
My body, I fear, will never become a fossil.
We were frightened by fairy tales,
but only before they were true.
What I took for blossoms, on a closer look
were the raw twig ends left by trimming.
There are too many stairs in the world,
how far do we want to climb?
Worms were meant to catch us fish;
we are made to host bacteria.
We were scared of the dark,
but the sun is killing us.
Learn from cat-tails, hollyhock, leafhoppers,
who never get bored or cheat on their taxes.
Geese, for some reason, hate me.
All I ever wanted was to be
a twisted old tree, to do some good
at least to owls and rodents.
Will I be damned for loving too much
the smell of wet cement and rotting wood?

Sometimes, I do like a poem just after I’ve finished it. That’s the case with this one.

Of course, I often decide later that these poems are pure dreck.



  1. No where near dreck, this one. A beautiful poem. I loved it, thoroughly. Something which I happen to be able to relate a lot too…

    Damned, yes, but by those who haven’t yet understood what love is. But with such priceless experiences, you wouldn’t care about that!

    Comment by Sumedh — April 29, 2008 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks! It’s good to know someone is reading this stuff, and I appreciate the kind words.

    Comment by crcb — April 29, 2008 @ 5:47 pm | Reply

  3. its not dreck at all! i liked this poem. its different from what i usualy write. and i agree with what she said above, damned by only those who havnt yet understood. nice writing..

    Comment by dreamxchaser — April 30, 2008 @ 4:08 am | Reply

  4. Thank you! It’s different from what I usually write, too, I think — but my writing wanders all over the stylistic map, so it’s hard to say. Anyway, thanks for your comment.

    Comment by crcb — April 30, 2008 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

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