Lyric and Light

quiver at the margin
as if trying to decide
whether to slip
into the puddle below
or be devoured
by the long slow tongue
of the sun,

atom by atom,

while I stand
at the margin
of my children’s

whether or not to

too many words
and they say,
“You don’t listen!”

too little
and I trivialize
what I
“just don’t understand.”

none at all
and I’m distracted,
“don’t really want to talk.”

but I do!
why else would I be
in this dark hour

seeking some
small pool of

to pale the lies,
untie the muck
that’s kept us stuck
so long
in shade

as poetry’s deft

this shadowed song

with grace.

*Running breathless and a little late to join in the lively discussion of The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker with the fine folk at Tweetspeak.

This poem is based off a series of excerpts from the first six chapters, but especially this one: “If you have something to say, say it. Don’t save it up….slam it in immediately. It won’t work if you hold it in reserve. Begin by saying what you actually care about saying, and the saying of it will guide you to the next line, and the next, and the next.” (p.9)



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8 responses to “Lyric and Light

  1. Beautiful post and images…and great message Cindee!


  2. Good, good, good stuff !


  3. I love what you pulled out of this reading, Cindee. I marked up quite a few of the pages, something I don’t often do when I pick up the rare fiction read.


  4. S. Etole

    It’s a fine line we walk as parents. You’ve said it well.


  5. susie snider

    We truly understand what you are going through….sending hugs.


  6. lynnmosher

    Your words always flow with such depth of your heart. Bless you!


  7. InnerDialect

    like a fresh spring that I somehow am familiar with : going thru the valley of beracha they make it a fresh spring of new song : phew! Awesome


  8. More parents who are struggling need to hear these words…when is the book coming out???


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