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    JeanMeriamposted 8 years ago

    I asked about placing poetry in hubs and was advised to try it here first so here goes.. I wrote this in 01 but just now finished revising. Kids slow me down a lot hehehe.


    How old is the tree, you ask?
    I count the circles of its body
    the kite strings and shoelaces
    that dangle from the branches,
    hearts and initials tattooed in its flesh,
    tire swings and shoelaces, the number of nights
    you climbed down those braches and ran off
    to God knows where.

    When you ask of the universe, I count
    the constellations I have taught you, materials
    the moon has been made of, stars we've wished upon
    the prayers we've sent soaring
    into the charcoal of the night : their tail ends
    bright and unforgettable, still hanging
    in the sky unanswered.

    My age? There are all these lines
    that circle my eyes. Inches of heels
    I've ground to a pulp, searching for you
    through back alleys and shopping malls. I count
    the tears congealed on pillowslips, the laughter
    I've pickled between the pages of scrapbooks,
    skins you've wriggled out of and left to dry
    each time you became a stranger.

    I count the hairs of your father's head,
    the ones he's scooped by handfuls
    from sink and bathtub
    to save some semblance of himself. The times
    he's sat speechless and trembling, older
    on the edge of our bed; worn out
    from those countless arguments.

    All those years I've lost track of,
    when days and meals
    rolled into one another like box cars
    on a motionless train I idled in front of
    until they didn't matter anymore
    and I became content with the lack of movement,
    frightened of what would happen
    when that train chuffed out of the intersection
    and I couldn't remember where I'd been going.

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    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    oh my gosh

    this about made me weep.

    you need to turn this into a hub

    with pictures

    (shaking head @ all the wonderfulness here at HubPages)

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      JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks cosette. Now I'll have to go take pictures.

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    myownworldposted 8 years ago

    I agree. This is absolutely beautiful....! Hope you'll turn it into a hub soon....smile

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    hoodieweatherposted 8 years ago

    So much imagery. Delightful.