because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse


strangely tinted dandelions


this is how spring comes,
stripes of green between

herring-boned brick, fern-fronding,
bare-armed, broken-eternitied;

mindful. (i am) convalescent,
cognizant of the dragons

that still lean in, hungry.
they bite at me, at

wrists and cheeks and eyes,
blindfully, so that my shape

is not the shape of others, ever.
after dinner, your stereo

won’t work; you ask me to sing, but
i’ve got only that song

where the girl is leaving and the boy
must drop everything to catch her.

(and that is
not us, after all.)

dragons, as everyone knows,
hate the sun. while you are gone, i sit

on the winter-warmed stoop
bare-armed, watching spring come,

scars palely fade, wondering
how this song will end.

20 responses

  1. Captivating. Yep, officially captivated.

    March 11, 2013 at 3:26 am

    • aw, *blushes*; thanks

      March 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  2. belladonna23

    immensely intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    March 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

    • thank you, belladonna!

      March 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  3. wow…rather heavy feel to the end…the end of the song…and that ties well with that only song you know…def felt joanna…love the dragon that nips at you as well….dont we all have them? smiles.

    March 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

    • dragons… yeah, i think we do all have them, to some degree, b. thanks for dropping by. *smiles*

      March 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  4. Dragons. Only one song, but how will this one end? Lovely images, Joanna!

    March 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

    • thanks, Denise!

      March 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  5. I wanna know more…great write

    March 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    • Thank you, Dennis.

      March 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  6. This:

    (blindfully, so that my shape

    is not the shape of others)

    :is awesome!

    March 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    • gracias, poet. πŸ™‚

      March 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  7. Honey, you have the right song, but you’re singing it to the wrong audience. Yes, your shape is unlike others and therein lies your magic. Do not underestimate the potency of the spells you can cast. Yes, spring can really hang you up the most, but that song’s already been played out. Empty that full mind, face toward the sun, onward you beautiful soul! Your pal, el Moskowitz

    March 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

    • thanks. πŸ™‚ thanks, Mosk. i sometimes need to hear these things.

      March 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  8. I had no idea that dragons hated the sun.

    March 13, 2013 at 1:53 am

    • shh…i think i just made that up. πŸ˜‰

      March 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  9. really like this a lot, some excellent imagery in here. Thanks

    March 13, 2013 at 4:16 am

  10. That’s pretty great right there.

    March 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    • thanks, wanderer. πŸ™‚

      March 18, 2013 at 11:03 am


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