Monday, December 19, 2005


..and who could speak of those days;
the trees carving gray slashes into
an indifferent sky, cat cowering
on our back patio, the tic of my den clock 
mocking me as I sat, fingering
poems into the air?

He never could tell me, you know,
tell me that all I would have of him
was a mist of breath on the bathroom
mirror, the chance glimpse of a receding
back, his best shirt flung to the floor, 
still warm with his angry sweat.

I walk out into the scent of Jasmine,
dress dew-damp at the hemline, think,
who can know of that kind of death
that ambushes us while still living,
or how long one can endure chaste limbs
blackening and tumbling off for
the wolves to carry away as bounty.

My laughter once rang like fine church bells,
but his shadow has pressed me flat.
I've forgotten my name, my mother's name,
the town of my birth, the face of my first
lover, the color of my father's hair.
I've forgotten it all.
Every single bit of it.


Geoff Sanderson said...

Another fine, sad poem Pris; but I hope at least you can still remember me - that pedantic Englishman who keeps niggling you?

Pris said...

Some things we never forget:-)

Coloratura said...

I have a sneaking suspicion you wrote this about your first marriage... because it felt like mine as I read it. Bravo, this is excellent!

Pris said...

You're close:-) Definitely a failed relationship, yes! They all start so well, don't they??