In the woods of old poetry
I find lost moments of clarity,
fragments of unabashed emotion.
New lightfall on the thicket
obscures the darkness of self-destruction;
mitigates what only I remember.
Clean verse and clean hands:
meticulously sculpted stories
contain the broken nut of my shell.
Bristlecone-memory is a curse
and a companion. Its branches
scrape the shadows without compassion.
With compass and cutlass
I inch through the forest:
leaves whisper ugliness and truth in one breath.
Now I gust past rage to finger twigs of wit,
lilt through old poems like prayer:
barely spoken, barely there.
Prostrate in duff, I crack apart the pages,
cast each to the fire as a voice to the wind —
watch the flames finally have their way.
© 2009 Jade Leone Blackwater
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Thanks to Anita Marie Moscoso for once again generously sharing her audience here at Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge. I always welcome constructive feedback on my writing. To learn more about my work, or to contact me via email, please visit me at Brainripples.