Sunday, January 16, 2011

for Virginia

"I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again - as I always am when I write."

Virginia Woolf

I always keep a few
river stones in my pocket
in case I feel
the need for a swim coming on or should
laughter finally jump out the window - it seems to have played me visit
posthumously, presenting a drawer
of unpaid tickets - and a reincarnated chart for embarking
on baby steps (I am in love again with living, quoting
lines out of my own books, experiencing rain falling in my water glass) today...

it was a set up, of course I failed all
twelve steps - "F'd " them all - no joke here, no love
lost - me, I filled in the top lines, cut my own flags of surrender out of them
signing my own treaty of verses sighed..."quote this," I said,
"everyone is ENTITLED to get the mean-reds"  Thank you Truman dear, Thank you for that..
besides who remembers
the living - or those in possession of verbal continence
who in "H..l".... actually remembers mama between meals....

I feel a real need for "A Room of My Own"- can not
find it here among the living, laughter's untimely
death has heralded a vacancy
for a female prophet, I have sent over my resume....

copyrighted 2011

Posting for the One ShotWednesday: One Stop Poetry and
Poetry Pantry at Poets United


  1. wonderful piece, soaked up every word.

  2. awesome discovery of your self contentment, love, live, and laugh.

    beautiful and dynamic writing..

  3. Oh, what a beautiful way to weave her words, your art. Glad you've posted your "resume" to the prophet-seekers ;)

    At the bottom of my blog I have this quote from A Room of One's Own: "There is no gate, nor lock, nor bolt that you can set against the freedom of my mind." Her philosphy. And yours.
    Well done!

  4. Had to look up the "river stones in my pocket" reference (and some more about Virginia Woolf), and after I did, I read this as a powerfully written poem with lots to think about. Thanks.

  5. Damn, I like this. All of it. Every word.

  6. This poem cuts to the heart of human emotion. Deeply felt. Much appreicated by me and others, I'm sure.

  7. Great poem, bkm. Layered, full of meat and good bones.Excellent word play on treaty of verses/Versailles. Loved this -> "...besides who remembers/the living - or those in possession of verbal continence/who in "H..l".... actually remembers mama between meals...."

  8. Barb, this is an awesome poem. You had me hanging on every word.

  9. Barbara,
    I enjoyed reading your poem so much. I was sad when the words ended.

    Eileen :)

  10. Infrequently does one's writing and thoughts flow so freely and honestly from a pen to my brain at first reading--and again, the same, on second!

  11. Please take this as a personal thank you to each of you for your feedback...I was in one of those moods today..thinking why do I spend so much thinking about writing..thought even about cutting back...but your words here are truly the reason I write I continue...if I can pull out emotion in the reader..then I feel I am doing it right....thank you all...bkm

  12. My favorite V.W. quote: “I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”

    Love Virginia and don't even get me started on Truman.

    Your poetry is always thought provoking and original. I really like that you're not afraid to explore the dark side. "Happy" seems over-done sometimes, IMO.

  13. smiles...i get that way at times...keep writing for sure...perhaps the laughter will be resuscitated...

  14. I remember mama between meals.. Spilling nothing but tears.. Awesome..

  15. I really loved this - until the last three words. I feel that the poem ends with the ellipse that precedes them.
    just my opinion though.

  16. You took material that I so love and stitched it together in a new and beautiful way.

  17. this is so wonderful!
    it inspired me to write a piece of my own -
    a love letter to virginia.

    thank you.

  18. glad you chose this one for your one shot...

  19. thank you Brian, I usually try to post what I feel is my best work on OSW...blessings...bkm

  20. You nailed her, bk. You got into her head and the poignancy of those river stones???!!!

    A straight shot to the psyche of this writer...

    You passed through the veil.

    Lady Nyo...shaking her head in amazement.

  21. Thank you Lady made my day...with your comment...thank you much...bkm

  22. frustration is not an emotion I see you write very took me by surprise, although, I understand it well. Keep writing, friend...

  23. Ohhh a tribute to Virginia. You did an awesome job. I felt her in all her entirety. Where would we be without her struggles and achievements.If she could see us know Ohh would she smile. Great write. :)

  24. I was curious and I am glad I read it again just now. I think it is right, now the way it reads. Thank you, it means a lot that you would even consider my suggestion.

  25. Woww!! A very reflective piece... and a great tribute too! But seriously, if you send in your resume, I am willing to bet anything on your acceptance! :) But please don't let the laughter die... and don't let those droplets of frustrations cohere...

    Keep writing, my friend.. you really inspire me!
    Kudos on fine one shot!

  26. thank you Kavita, Sheila and River...and Jhon...thank you for the were right and I am glad you offered it....blessings to all....bkm

  27. Dear BKM

    Ahhh!! A great one.. last line took me by surprise... i enjoyed it so much.
    thanks for sharing..

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    Om Namah Shivaya
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