on self-righteousness


What we find inside the drawers 

beneath the kitchen tools and what serves our mouths,

those leftovers we find along the contact-paper lining,

crumbs stuck to honey and dirty play-dough 

fallen from babies’ hands, our spilled herbs 

mixed with wet coffee grounds, toast shrapnel,

and blended,  spinning batter lifted too soon,

we wipe it all in sanitary efforts toward our palm

and carry a portion’s petty measure to the trash.

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5 Comments

Heather of the EO
Reply January 25, 2009

wow, wow, wow.....

I have no words. Because I'd like to say, "This is beautiful." And that true, but it's not quite exactly what I'd like to say. I can't think of just the right word. So I'll just say, "WOW!"

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Megan @ Hold it UP to the Light
Reply January 25, 2009

I love how you make something sorta gross so beautiful (and I mean that in the nicest of ways!). That was just lovely....and so REAL!

Susan R
Reply January 26, 2009

Gotta ditto the WOW! And add a few more because as usual you blew me away.

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Amber
Reply January 26, 2009

It really is gross isn't it? Honestly, I had aimed to write about self-righteousness, and this is what came out. I wasn't looking for a poem. Sometimes things hit us when we least expect it - like our deep depravity or a realization of the nastiness hiding in our drawers.

Heather
Reply January 26, 2009

I love this, b/c it goes with the simple task of a day, but looks deeper.

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