Depression Moved In
he’s come to stay
slipped through the cracks
of a drafty door
settling, like the dust collecting
stacks of dishes
crusted with rot
window shades drawn, but for light
piercing the gray
warming the cat
razor streaks slashing through grime
tv set to mute
white static strobing, tick tock
trays of ashes
blobs of wax, melted
charred wicks long spent from burning
stench of bleeding ink and sweat
blackness on blackness
layers of rags, dark as night
to the world
nothing to see here
just lock the door when you leave
My response for NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 4. Prompt: write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. (adjectives are okay too).
I created a collage of the things I love most about the eclectic valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains that I call home. The quirky, the sprawling city with a small town vibe, the artsy culture, the mountain views in every direction and the century old neighborhood where I live….I’m quite fond of my home town. It’s a pretty cool place, and my entry for this week’s Wednesday Photo Challenge, “Tour Guide”.
“Y’all come see us sometime!” I might be heard saying in my Chicago twanged clip (a hint of the Midwest where I was born and raised), which raises eyebrows with the locals who are quick to retort in their slow, smooth, southern drawl, “You’re not from around here are ya…” Be that as it may, I’m here to stay.
Sebastian and Winston
This week’s Photo Challenge Theme from the Daily Post is “Beloved – Share a photo of something that is dearly loved”. This is not a new photo, but one that I go back to again and again when I consider my love for the menagerie of rescue animals that live with me. Pictured here with me are Winston (dog) and Sebastian (cat), but there is also, Maxwell (dog), Merlin and Casey (cats), Mr. Bean (Sun Conure) and Flash (Russian Tortoise). Needless to say, I spoil them all rotten. But they spoil me too with unconditional love. ❤ This photo was taken on my iPhone…it was a “selfie”. No special filters or enhancements…just real life in the moment.
When…I’m old enough…I get that promotion…I’ve saved a bit more money…I lose weight…the kids finish school…the stars align…the light turns green…the time is right…I get that job…I retire…I finally get that degree…I’ve proven myself…the coast is clear…I’ve got nothing to lose…I have more time…I get lucky…I’m ready…tomorrow comes…
Excuses, excuses! Dreams have a way of slipping away. Because life…and excuses. Life scribbles nonsense on our beautiful clean slate when we are young. We forget, we give up, we settle.
But dreams don’t die generally. They’re still in there. It’s never too late. Dreams realized don’t necessarily need to come with the fame and fortune of our youthful idealized aspirations.
Sometimes all it takes is a willingness to just do that thing you dreamed of. Sing if you’ve always wanted to sing…alone…in the shower..in the car. Take that class, not with that piece of paper at the end in mind, but for the joy of learning. Cook like a gourmet. Travel…even if it’s to the town next door. Experience it’s hidden treasures. Every place has them. Paint, take beautiful photographs, learn to fly! And if you’re like me be a writer. Fill journals, notebooks or a blog, with beautiful words; even if no one reads them but you. It will change your life. It is life…beautiful…hovering…waiting to be lived!
Have a wonderful week of dreams realized. You deserve it!
Shi Sai Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 29 October 2017
she’s in there somewhere
breath of life, thick
rouged red, lipstick-stained teeth,
longing to be touched
so tell me, who’s smarter?
when will this end?
this dark night of souls
embracing all of life
beautiful life hovering
A shi sai or ReVerse poem is a summary poem with a single line lifted from each entry of a collection of work over a particular timeframe and re-penned in chronological order as a new poem. Unlike a collaborative poem, the shi sai features the words of one writer, providing a glimpse into their thoughts over time. I use it as a review of the previous week