When You Have Moved Through This World

I will still ask you for advice. Call you on the ever-after
phone, dial whatever it is one dials for the direct line
to Gone on to Other Worlds. When you pick up, I’ll ask

Should I take the new job? Move to another city?
Sell the house on Beechwood Street? What do you want
me to do with your old clothes, your favorite wishing stone?

Or maybe I’m supposed to shake the bowl of your ashes
like a Magic 8 Ball. Lower my fingers to an Ouija board
and request your presence. Too pedestrian for you, too tame

for your wild self. I’ll have to string a tin can across the world.
Send you my inquiries on scrolls bound to the legs of the phoenix.
Walk to the ocean’s edge, raise a shell to my mouth,

whisper your name and wait for the salt-sea connection
of heart to heart string. And then I shall ask,
Tell me, my love, my dead love, what to do with me?


Postscript: My creative inspiration has not yet come back. So I’m baking cookies instead. Sometimes you just have to admit defeat.

This entry was published on February 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm and is filed under February, Poems, Seattle, Self-Portraits. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “[57]

  1. R. K. MacPherson on said:

    These aren’t the words of a defeated mind. Not that cookies are bad, of course.

  2. Thank you both. The well feels really dry right now, but it’s interesting the things that I’m drawing from it anyway.

  3. This is an interesting approach:

    Julia cameron’s morning pages would also work for me, I think. I intend to use some of her suggestions to help me stick with my new habit of writing handwritten notes on a daily basis instead of relying on email.But her suggestions are clearly aimed at writersw who write for publication on deadlines.

  4. How can you say that when you just wrote a beautiful poem?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: