Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I Envy My Dolls

Inga Rose from Moscow, Russia

By. Charles Wright

The brief secrets are still here,
and the light has come back.
The word remember touches my hand,
But I shake it off and watch the turkey buzzards bank and wheel
Against the occluded sky.
All of the little names sink down,
weighted with what is invisible,
But no one will utter them, no one will smooth their rumpled hair. 
There isn’t much time, in any case.
There isn’t much left to talk about
as the year deflates.
There isn’t a lot to add.
Road-worn, December-colored, they cluster like unattractive angels
Wherever a thing appears,
Crisp and unspoken, unspeakable
in their mute and glittering garb.
All afternoon the clouds have been sliding toward us
out of the
Blue Ridge.
All afternoon the leaves have scuttled
Across the sidewalk and driveway, clicking their clattery claws.
And now the evening is over us,
Small slices of silence
running under a dark rain,
Wrapped in a larger.

My dissolving, brittle skeleton,
a pain-filled coat rack
for decaying flesh.
I envy my plastic dolls. ~Marion, 11/6/2019



Kelly said...

You envy your dolls. I wish I could be my Memoji or my Bitmoji.

Snowbrush said...

Marion, you haven't posted in a month, and because this isn't like you, I'm worried. I've noticed that the pain really gets you down at time, but that you seem relatively cheerful at other times. I wish I had something to offer, but if we've hung in there with one another for this long despite our enormous value differences, we'll probably continue to do so, which means that you can safely consider me your friend. Aside from that, I don't know what I might do to help. Do you have any ideas?