Wandering This Museum Floor, Barefoot


Some things aren’t meant to be known, but we have grown them
deep, from seed, and whispered them into pearl-earring portraits.

How do we stop ourselves from becoming melting clocks? Abandoned
suitcases on paintbrushed stairs, empty chairs at ramshackle tables?

We test our pulse. Our IQ. Our ability to understand the geometric
circles we run, our ability to be more than still life fruit. The root of

reason says we can’t smell that brush-stroked ocean’s salt, but we
carve our initials into family trees and call it the art of promise. We

smudge battlefields in color, crimson, clay. I am personally currently
making a deal with that chalk devil, and his pointed gaze. Raise

the sirens; we are coming home to plantation mansions and the
lamentations of last supper sweat. We’re not there yet, but there’s a

grasshopper plague that says it’s gonna be a quiet crop, and the
weather page calls for stilted, scattered hope. What is it that we

are? Strangers in a diner? Starry nights? Water lily ponds, a silent
scream? We are canvas, and we hold our favorite colors deep, steep

ourselves in the schizophrenic love of masks. Please, cover me in
fig leaves and the apple peelings of my own sin(ged) heart. Pull loose

these unshy shredded threads that hold me fast. Let me plead
with this sky, this ceiling made of mirrored moon and glass.

Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge, day 20. This is the one with all the prompts. 


This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Wandering This Museum Floor, Barefoot

  1. qbit says:

    “How do we stop ourselves from becoming melting clocks?” – you may have outdone yourself.

  2. trishwrites1 says:

    Brilliant – love these with all the prompts, De

  3. I love every word and how they fit together.

  4. Kir Piccini says:

    Oh I loved this. All those beautiful images in a swirl of wondrous words.

Use your words.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.