Lost for words and other poems


Day 17. Prompt: write a “what I meant to say” poem. I’ve got three.



Lost for words

I remember when I found
my voice just lying around
untouched

like it had always been there
even though I’d looked
a thousand times before

and daring, I picked it up
staring in awe
at the mother-of-pearl
and the swirls of jewels,
in sparkling pools
before I opened wide and
placed it inside where it fit

like it had always been there
even though I’d looked
a thousand times before

and it sounded like gold,
if gold had a sound,
I had found it again
and forgot all the pain
and cost of being lost
for words.

 



Stumped

There was a woman in Garp
who’d had her tongue cut out
so she couldn’t tell the truth
or name any names.
I think of her often over the years
when I run my tongue across my teeth
because when the time came
to name my names and tell the truth
I was just as stumped.

 



Connect the dots

It’s not that I don’t have the thoughts
And I know you need to hear them
They just come out as dot dot dots
It’s not that I don’t have the thoughts
My tongue gets tied in sailor’s knots
And my heartbeats speak in mayhem
It’s not that I don’t have the thoughts
And I know you need to hear them

3 Comments

  1. smilecries

    OMG – So, I have been tucking your poems away to read when I had time to enjoy them and think about them. Also because I was being cowardly, because your poetry sometimes sneaks up and hits me right in the gut and makes me feel. And I’ve been working hard not to feel things these days. I can relate to these three so much. I wish I could find my voice again, and hope I do. P.S. I have been haunted by that woman in Garp for decades.

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    1. it's nothing, really... (Post author)

      Thank you so much for all your kind comments! I really hope you find your voice, because I love your voice so much. 💜

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      1. smilecries

        You make me smile. Thank you, my friend!

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