Take a moment to listen between the missing lines
Hear your heart as the beats count down
pulsing under scars that whisper
I’m still here.
Are you really, deeply listening?
Through cracked pane of window glass
the clang, clang of train rumbles past
in competition and your mind chases iron tracks.
Scratching pens on poets’ pads,
a cough, a sigh, a noisy worry,
a tall red drum rests in the corner silent
Yet even that – the lack of drumming, distracts
Take a moment and relax.
Can you hear those ten words or better, twenty?
The ones that if you had to choose
you could not live without?
Now – Focus
Jot them down quickly
Don’t judge them, let them fall
like scattered cells of finished skin:
children, laughter, thunder, rain, mountain, feathers, silver bark, lovers, sunlight,
autumn, meadows, spring, elk, green, home, blue, horse, gold, stream