Because we are hungry

Because we are hungry, we feed on fringe,
we graze on the swinging haze of misplaced
longing, sigh with a sullenness that smolders
like forest fire embers hidden in dark ash,
wind lashing old heat to burn renewed.

If only this raw hole was from lightning
strikes, the scar a stripe wedded to amber.
We’d eventually feel new growth push out
of us, we’d scavenge beetles & seeds & delight
in scalded snags, raised like flagrant flagpoles.

But our scar is not from arson or a loosened
signal fire. It’s worried flesh rubbed raw–
an effect of the forgiveness we do not believe
we need but cannot afford to refuse.
Our emptied stomachs, tattoos of desire.

/ / /

Riffing on Carolee’s fabulous first line, having changing the tense.

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7 thoughts on “Because we are hungry

  1. yay!! another poem in the kettle! thanks, deb!

    love (!) the internal rhyme/near rhyme in this line: “we graze on the swinging haze of misplaced” (and the line break misplaced/longing).

    the “juice” in this for me is in two places. here:
    “We’d eventually feel new growth push out / of us,”

    And here:
    “the forgiveness we do not believe / we need but cannot afford to refuse.”

    Especially that last one. Ouch.

    • grateful for the feedback, esp. on juice. wasn’t sure the poem was tangible enough to allow the forgiveness line, but … did it anyway, as you see. 🙂

  2. Pingback: More on forgiveness | A FINE KETTLE OF FISH

  3. Good one. I like the image of the hidden fire waiting for its chance to return. This is all a very visual piece, which I enjoy.

    Nice work on this site too and thank you (all y’all, as we say in Texas) for the Big Tent. I was sad to see it go, but very grateful for the prompts and the community you built there and I’m looking forward to seeing what turns up here in the kettle.

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