If I Believed in the Cross

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #29 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write a realism and/or magical poem and 2) write a poem using the Twenty Little Poetry Projects prompt originally developed by Jim Simmerman. 



Between what’s real and what’s magical
I could wrangle my senses to capture
those missing under the spiral staircase.

The creak of an unoiled cabinet hinge
the rustle of tall blackscreen curtains
all caress my bare scapula like ice

I cannot taste due to the rusty smell
of wind, the fire that’s made me deaf.
All I see remains to me unthinkable.

The clouds will descend and sweep me
up like a gentler tornado still weeping
for those who cannot fly, those stuck

in the rubble of their shaken up lives.
A single photograph holds all memory
what’s left to share with the truck driver

who traveled to the all-night emergency
room too many times, but still not enough
to forget the vacant eyes, a rescued child.


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  1. #1 by 1sojournal on May 3, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Hauntingly beautiful. Thanks for the follow at 1sojournal. My poetry blog is located here, if you are interested:



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