Thursday, August 10, 2006

poetry thursday




what I would have said

I see them down a long hallway,
doors shut tight against the words
I did not say. Behind them are worlds
I will never glimpse. The keys rest
in my belly, swallowed long ago
and left to rust.

Regret is an inimitable sorrow,
that whispers in your ear;
possibilities unclaimed,
opportunities overlooked.
It recalls for me the slight slope
of your shoulders, your hair
brushing your collar,
the back of your blue shirt
that grew smaller as I watched you go.

My tongue was a gold bar
heavy with potential.
With it I could have bought
a human heart, but it lay behind my lips
cold and thick. Silence flowered
from my mouth, formed a thorny bower,
lush and impenetrable. Sturdy vines
crept down the hall, covered the door
and obscured the threshold of hope.

I did not say your name,
but kept it, a gilded briar
as shiny as a new key.

5 comments:

pepektheassassin said...

This is a wonderful poem! Also, I looked around your other site a bit, too. These are great posts, fantastic pictures! Good job.

Carolee said...

I love how you say, "I could have bought a human heart." the power of the words we cannot say!

KL said...

Great poem D! Great picture as well.

Really, excellent work.

((smile))
K

twitches said...

Wow - I love the details here; too many to mention, but especially:

The keys rest
in my belly, swallowed long ago
and left to rust.

AND

My tongue was a gold bar
heavy with potential.

A really nice poem.

Tammy said...

Really good poetry, glad I stopped by :)