Sunday, June 11, 2023

Trying Hard to Balance

—Poetry by Julie A. Dickson, Exeter, NH
—Public Domain Photos Courtesy 
of Julie A. Dickson

They say water is stronger
than anything

flowing through solid rock
carved path

downhill causing erosion
broken pavement.

I feel rather drowned
or eroded

sense of self washed away
down legs

flowed out through feet

The ground beneath
left gouged

rivulets of a strong flow
unsure footing

trying hard to balance
on what’s left. 

The fabric of my world

was a starched, white cotton sheet,
devoid of softness, encasing my feet,

sustenance provided
in a brightly lit room, I noticed
though no one chose this—

my very existence,
care provided in a flurry,
in a blur, fraught with worry,

verified—no fever,
they prodded and poked
keeping watch in case I choked;

dismal discovery
essentially alone;
never quite feeling at home. 


I am
here now

quietly sitting
do you see me?

I watch
your every move

I hear
your every word

thrust out
verbal daggers

not for me
but I feel the knife

me to shreds

life’s blood
running down

silent tears
drop into the abyss

an oblivion
in which to hide 


hanging over the water
precarious-looking protrusion
I’d prefer not to stand under—

fully lit from expansive manse
decorated ballroom dance festive
I look up from sandy beach.

Can’t leave her, can’t walk away
trembled turmoil, hair whooshing
toppled suitors lie in her wake—

she hangs over the broken-hearted
well-built cantilever counter-balanced
not to fall, but crushing them all the same. 


On asphalt, bright chalk drawings
depict roughly sketched trees, cars,
dinosaurs and various stick figures.

The young one immediately sees
what they are, though my drawings
are worse than simple, I know.

I cannot draw a dinosaur, yet
he yells T-Rex when I add teeth
to a rounded body, bulbous head.

How his mind works to decipher
a jeep from a truck, I wonder.
A poet, no artist me, but he knows.


Today’s LittleNip:

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
—Louis L'Amour


—Medusa, with thanks to Julie Dickson for today’s fine poetry and for the photos she found for us!
 —Public Domain Photo Courtesy

of Joe Nolan, Stockton, CA

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