Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Sixth Life

for Elizabeth

I brought her early light in a leather pouch,
And a snake's head in a handkerchief.
What a fool I was.

Every April, she crouched on the muddy roads
Like something not human.
First warmth carries taint,
And she rolled until she was filthy with it;
Don't think there weren't those who admired her.

A sick sky will deny that it ever held clouds
And a thousand lies without pause will make it rain,
If only in the upturned palm of a lunatic.

I brought her a ring made from poisonous metal,
And instructions on how to drown herself.
A gray cat is no haloed nun,
So if I grew claws from the ends of my fingers,
It was only to prove before the maypoles went up
That God was mad or that she was. 
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13 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Shay, I've read this four times, and it just gets better each time. I won't even try to explain how or why because I'm not sure I know that much, I just know this is one of the best things I've ever read. That middle stanza is beyond my abilities to describe. Fine fine poem.

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HermanTurnip said...

I agree with Hedgewitch. This one required multiple readings to scratch the surface and see what lies underneath. Nicely done!

Brian Miller said...

A sick sky will deny that it ever held clouds
And a thousand lies without pause will make it rain,
If only in the upturned palm of a lunatic.


damn. that may be the best stanza i have read this week...no joke. hot stuff shay.

Susannah said...

"A sick sky will deny that it ever held clouds" - what a line!

Going back to read it again. :-)

Lynn said...

I read it over and over, too. Very cool, Shay.

Daryl said...

I'm with hedgewitch .. re-reading it til I know it by heart

Mama Zen said...

This is just damn cool.

bajanpoet said...

This poem is awesome..... I agree with the rest ... I've re-read it a couple times... still reading :)

Helen said...

I fall in line with everyone else. A must read! More than several times. Incredibly powerful, Ms. Shay!

Scarlet said...

I admire her, like I admire you...filth or no filth, chica. Brilliant work!

T said...

Wow, this one is really cool!!!

myheartslovesongs said...

i'm just echoing everyone else ~ this is one of your best and even better with each new reading! i bow to the talent which is Shay! ♥ {i'll even curtsy if you prefer}