Two Confessions (Too Many)

Lover and other
With pen and paper —
(And which is which,
I wonder?)
Cleverly obscured hearts
On costume sleeves —
Hide messages
In warm wood and steel string.
Does the object
Ever comprehend
Her subjection?

But he said it to me —
Lover, other,
I’m not sure —
That with a song
It is better
Not to tell,
Before he told.
He should not have told me.
And he should not have told.

The autumn cloaks are stunning.
They make it harder to hide
My greening
And the blush.
(So much easier to conceal,
Love,
Lust,
In the springtime.)
Always she,
And she,
And she.
So you see,
He should have kept it close.

Eggs in a nest,
Frost and fog,
Sugar baby seeds,
Or maybe a Georgia rattlesnake,
Blue-sky sweetheart,
All is forgiven,
And the fragile barricades fall.

Blinking it back now,
I guess I’ll close my eyes
Let the waves
Tumble me over again.
And,
Next time he (or he)
Tries to tell,
Put a finger on his lips,
And confess —
You don’t need to worry
That anyone will understand.
But maybe you need to worry
That no one will understand.

(Written after mulling over this post/prompt over at the dVerse Poets Pub.)

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About Emily

I may or may not have: A. Dirt B. Ink C. Paint D. Wool under my fingernails.

13 responses to “Two Confessions (Too Many)”

  1. Mary says :

    I like this very much. Lovely words, images, flow, and an element of mystery – wonder what was told.

  2. brian miller says :

    wow this is a little haunting…nice story telling…tell one too many stories and people will stop believing you…smiles. nicely writ…

  3. Heaven says :

    i like the merging of the stories and images.. from the telling and not telling… to the nature and seasonal references.. back to the telling and not telling…enjoyed this write ~

    nice to meet you~

  4. shanyns says :

    What a cool poem, the story with so many layers, had me going back to read again. Very nicely done.

  5. Anna Montgomery says :

    This has the appeal of a riddle, I enjoyed it very much.

  6. claudia says :

    ha i agree with anna…has the appeal of a riddle…very enjoyable read…the interaction..the thoughts..the season…loved esp. the part that you can conceal lust easier in springtime..true that..smiles…much enjoyed..

  7. zongrik says :

    I like how you go back and forth between nature and the relationship, epecially:

    Eggs in a nest,
    Frost and fog,
    Sugar baby seeds,
    Or maybe a Georgia rattlesnake,
    Blue-sky sweetheart,
    All is forgiven,
    And the fragile barricades fall.

  8. emmett Wheatfall says :

    Lovely poem. There is conflation–two different themes fused into one text. Subtle the migration. I enjoyed your PEM.

  9. Shawna says :

    Whew. That was spicy. This was an incredible section:

    “In warm wood and steel string.
    Does the object
    Ever comprehend
    Her subjection?”

    And this:

    “They make it harder to hide
    My greening
    And the blush.”

    You are good. Very good.

  10. Rosemary Nissen-Wade aka SnakyPoet says :

    A bit mysterious, in a good way, and beautiful.

  11. Mama Zen says :

    Fantastic write!

  12. Emily says :

    You are all so kind. I’m glad I finally worked up the nerve to share some of this stuff. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  13. Madeleine Begun Kane says :

    I enjoyed your poem!

    I also stopped by to congratulate you: You won an Honorable Mention in last week’s Limerick-Off. Thanks for your clever limerick! Limerick of the Week 33.

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