Friday, December 21, 2012

Living In The Body By Joyce Sutphen

Body is something you need in order to stay
on this planet and you only get one.
And no matter which one you get, it will not
be satisfactory. It will not be beautiful
enough, it will not be fast enough, it will
not keep on for days at a time, but will
pull you down into a sleepy swamp and
demand apples and coffee and chocolate /cake.
Body is a thing you have to carry
from one day into the next. Always the
same eyebrows over the same eyes in the same
skin when you look in the mirror, and the
same creaky knee when you get up from the
floor and the same wrist under the watchband.
The changes you can make are small and
costly-better to leave it as it is.
Body is a thing that you have to leave
eventually. You know that because you have
seen others do it, others who have once like you,
Living inside their pile of bones and
flesh, smiling at you, loving you,
leaning in the doorway, talking to you
for hours and then one day they
are gone, No forwarding address.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Madison Matlock

Passor-by! Not only did I lose health and fortune in life,
In the search and vision which were mine
But I lost your esteem as well as for losing my heart's desire.
I was not like the veterns of wars
Admired for my disabled body and mind,
And pointed to as a hero of great battles.
No, I was smiled at as one who had failed and lost,
Having asked everything on a vision.
No pension for me! No reverence for a creeping strength!
Was my life a failure then?
I succeeded, I won!
Having seen visions, and dreamed dreams
beyond anything you can imagine
who give medals, and reward the do-natives!