Trauma

2013_07_01_H13786FR_AixLesBains_BladI wrote a poem as a tribute to all the wonderful writers that I have got to know over the past few years.

 

Trauma

 

We stretch out a hand
and leaves turn
reluctant or relieved
to show the shadow-side
of the statue hewn
polished and displayed
for eyes other than our own.

It is no surprise.

What propels us to
page after page
of verse or prose
rhyme, metre, blank,
with plot or not
but a violent reflex
to puke up our pain?

Inside it lurks and eats
until we waste away
but here held in my hand
it is less than nothing
that thing I shape, control,
fashion into ugly,
beautiful, crafted life.

(c) Judith Kingston, 2014

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Trauma

  1. sarahmo3w says:

    Fabulous poem and I will look out for someone wearing shoes. That should narrow it right down.
    (See you in the first coffee break, if not before!)

    • judithkingston says:

      You won’t be hard to spot! I noticed on the Britmums photo from last year that you were wearing the same red checked shirt you are planning to wear this year!!

  2. That is beautiful Judith. I can’t believe it’s already a year since the last britmumslive and I think we have all changed so much and developed in our own ways. Can’t wait to see you again x

    • judithkingston says:

      Incredible, isn’t it! It seems like yesterday. And this time I won’t have an attractive baby as my fashion accessory. I will just have to bring a handbag instead, I guess!

  3. maddy@writingbubble says:

    I’m tempted to say ‘and with words like these, who needs clothes?!’ but… maybe clothes might be good too! starting to feel a bit envious that I’m not going – maybe next year? Hope you have a great time. x

    • judithkingston says:

      Yes I think it might be advisable to wear some clothes of some description. Inspired by the photo I put in this post I have washed the dress I was wearing in the picture as a possible outfit… Sad you’re not going!!

  4. What a brilliant response to the ‘what will you be wearing?’ question which i have to say does start to get me down after a while…we’ll ALL be wearing words! That’s whats brought us to BML in the first place. And i think meeting people you write poetry with is even more special as its such a personal craft. See you on Friday! x

  5. Marvellous poem! I’m so disappointed not to be going this year. I’m attending a wedding – which will be wonderful, but I’m sad to be missing out on seeing you all! It’ll have to be next year instead….

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