Poetic Bits I Love

Literary Ambrosia…poets and writings that stir my heart: 

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Communication

“you

are swathed

in layers of silly chains

which i may not cut

or burn or wrench away from you

because you love them

to reach you

i must first say

“how beautiful are your chains today”

then I must kneel

and tap my message on your chains

and hope

that you will hear.”

-Joy Kogawa, from “The Splintered Moon”

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The next ditty is not a poem, but a beloved song…

“Under this national rain cloud
I’m getting soaked to the skin
Trying to find my umbrella
But I don’t know where to begin

And it’s simply irrational weather
I can’t even hear myself think
Constantly bailing out water
But still feel like I’m gonna sink

‘Cause I’m under the weather
Just like the world
So sorry for being so bold
When I turn out the light
You’re out of sight
Although I know that I’m not alone
Feels like home
Feels like home

You say you feel like a natural person
You haven’t got nothing to hide
So why do you feel imperfection
Cut like a sword in your side

‘Cause you’re under the weather
Just like the world

so sorry for being so bold
When I turn out the light
You’re out of sight
Although I know that I’m not alone
Feels like home
Feels like home
Feels like home
Feels like home
yes it feels like home
yes it feels like home

Oh, ’cause I’m under the weather
Just like the world
And I need somebody to hold
When I turn out the light
You’re out of sight
Although I know that I’m not alone
Feels like home.”

-“Feels Like Home” by KT Tunstall

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One response to “Poetic Bits I Love

  1. ‘Communication’ poem has given me so many definitions of communication. I loved this poem. How you took this poem, I would love to hear your thoughts?
    Can I keep this poem with me?

    Neilina…this poem was written by a beloved author whom I’ve truly grown to appreciate over these many years…and her name is Joy Kogawa – a native Japanese Canadian with a tremendous talent and voice. This poem reminds me of the fragility of relationships and the need to oftentimes….tap gently on the chains of others so they might release their bonds and open up to you. Peace and Love.

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