Sunday, December 20, 2015

Artifice

Tell me I'm beautiful,
and that you could fall in love with me.
I'm a pretty billboard splashed with promises--
be the slant-boards holding me up.

She broke my heart--
I'm a big empty box full of shards.
Don't shake me, just let me be a star that doesn't move--
I do give some light, if you do all the work.

Sir Knight, I admire you truly--
broad shoulders do something to a girl, even me.
I like the careful knot of your tie, your cologne,
your starched shirt, your smile.

I'll make you laugh and feel good,
all without risking anything, because I won't feel more than fondness.
Then, just when you think we really have something,
I'll be gone, caught up by some woman

Like a kite in the wind, and as fragile.
______

For mag # 299. 

 

16 comments:

hedgewitch said...

Lord I haven't heard that song in years--love it, and his voice. This poem speaks the language of contradictions fluently--how we idealize and then discard the imperfect reality, even if it is one within ourselves more than the other. I think you've captured a lot of the way we are when young and fragile here too, caught between insecurity and the inability to settle.

Kathe W. said...

nice comparisons- well done!

purplepeninportland said...

Well done elevator feelings. Thanks for Gordon!

Sioux said...

I've never heard that Gordon Lightfoot song, but it's a perfect companion for your poem.

Your last is tear-worthy... beyond brilliant.

brudberg said...

I think kites are good at finding their way... Usually less fragile than they look.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Love the title, love the last line and everything in between is certainly food for thought.

Cloudia said...

Each word choice; Each line;
Perfect

writersdream9 said...

lovely poem. I like your take on the photo.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I accept, as my shoulders are broad, and my love for you, unquestioned! Always la la now and in the coming year, Moskowitz the Humble

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"gone, like a kite in the wind....." Love that. I agree with Bjorn, kites are less fragile than they look!

Ostensible Truth said...

love the opening, and "I'll make you laugh and feel good,
all without risking anything, because I won't feel more than fondness." is refreshingly honest in its bite.

Mama Zen said...

That closing line just crushes.

Donetta Sifford said...

This is amazing in the way it relates each person's different thoughts as they share the same moment. Lovely and sad.

Donetta Sifford said...

I enjoyed this song. I've heard Waylon Jennings' version of this song. Both are great.

Kathleen said...

Perfectly titled!

Carrie Van Horn said...

Like a kite in the wind and as fragile.....wandering hearts always are.