Almost Smile

there has to be a way
to write of love
outside the confines of a poem,
scribbled in margins,
ellipses and acronyms that mean nothing to anyone else,
stuffed in spaces where words pause to take breath,
or in the middle of lines so it could mean the blue of sky or sea
or of the snow swept in-between,
see a poem asks for language
and we have none, not now,
all that had to be said, was spoken,
what’s left is clothes hung on a line,
the yesterday scrubbed out of them,
something clean and fragrant, stirred with sunshine,
something that could touch bare skin tomorrow,
not like the almost smile of pressed memory,
not even like the softness of a new stirring,
just love, familiar and well worn,
saying nothing,
like the blue of sky or sea,
or the snow swept in-between,
a vague certainty,
the way it was made,
the way it was meant to be.

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37 thoughts on “Almost Smile

  1. I love the way you have described this so poetically…..and these two lines are utterly spectacular: “what’s left is clothes hung on a line,
    the yesterday scrubbed out of them”–so very creatively penned!!

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  2. This is absolutely stunning 🙂 I especially love; “see a poem asks for language and we have none, not now, all that had to be said, was spoken, what’s left is clothes hung on a line, the yesterday scrubbed out of them, something clean and fragrant, stirred with sunshine, something that could touch bare skin tomorrow.” Truly a creative masterpiece ❤️

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  3. It’s easy to write about the first rush of passion, but you’ve captured the essence of a long standing love affair and its peculiar magic to speak without words.

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  4. All that had to be said has been spoken indeed. We are but the echo of those voices, of the language that is not ours in love or otherwise. Love seeks agony, but poem brings relief too and that’s where the conundrum lies.
    “what’s left is clothes hung on the line” is the most melancholic bit in this verse.
    Beautiful.

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