Friday, June 26, 2009

All clammed up

I welcomed you warmly
inside here, it’s true, the fire stewing charcoal
and my banged-up old tea-kettle

Now here you stand, smiling
that Cheshire-cat grin,
that sunshine façade roping me in
all poetry, stories and a fresh
baguette, still crisp
in its brown paper sack
tucked underneath your arm.

So why is it that
all I can think is dammit,
you’re gonna see
the thin-woven legends
right through into
this twice-mixed, thrice-baked
garage-sale value priced chaos
that I really am

and so you will go
on your merry way, dropping meaningless
promises to call?

Rachel Westfall
June 23, 2009

In poetic conversation with Christopher.


KGT (aka Cagey) said...

Good how you riff here.

christopher said...

This happens all over. Such a pain. Bear hearts break too.

Snuffing The Air

Bear waddles along
snuffing the air for berries,
wishing she would give
him a chance. He knows
where salmon jump upriver,
would tell her, whisper
in her ear just so
but her ruffled fur proves it.
He's in a losing

Piratedred said...


We all feel like this, but I'm living proof that we will all survive.

Thanks for all the kind words,


RachelW said...

Cagey, thanks! :)

Christopher, awwww, poor bear. :( I've a feeling she'll come around eventually, though.

Tony, thank you! We are all living proof, aren't we? Each and every one of us.

Just a PSA: I'm going on the road again this evening, so I won't be online much between now and July 1. I've got a couple of posts in the queue, and I'll do my best to keep up with everyone's blogs and comments.

Rikkij said...

Rach- did some of my self esteem drip on you? or lack thereof? Have a nice travel. and I lov value priced chaos!~rick

Woman in a Window said...

I so know these conversations but underneath it, I know the worth, too.

I love the garage-sale value priced chaos, too, and I happen to find vast value in it. Vast.

Poetikat said...

I loved the baguette tucked under the arm. Really nice, revealing piece.


Michelle Johnson said...

No matter what kind of person you are- they always promise to call. Fortunately I didn't wait by the phone to long. My advice here would be to keep your head up.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the baguette too, and the fact that it comes with the poetry