A Word is Not a Home



A Word is Not a Home

A word is not a home
but we set our tables

between its walls,
cook meals, annoy

friends, abuse ourselves.
Sometimes I misplace

one, and can’t find
my house, much less

the window’s desk
or the chair behind it.

But if I wait, something
always takes form in the fog,

an arm, a ribcage, a feathered
hope struggling to emerge.

Inept, I take comfort
in these apparitions,

accept their offerings,
lose myself in mystery,

find shelter there
in the hollowed curves.



5 thoughts on “A Word is Not a Home

  1. COMPLETELY identify with this! Just came from birdblind watching a very familiar birs – name eluding! – in desperation I inquired – husband seemed tolerant of my slip – titmouse went on hopping about not even caring if he had a name to remember!

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    • Ha! I’ve had the same experience! Arthur Sze asks, in a poem, if we know a bird’s name in ten languages do we know any more about the bird? A couple of days ago Stephanie say three species of woodpeckers at one feeder, all within a few moments of the others.

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  2. Oh, this describes cognitive dysfunction to perfection, including the part about anxiety only making it worse. My home, when it appears, sometimes looks like Laputa, which is beats my little one-level ranch to hell anyway. ^_^

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