Periphery


I’ve stacked up notes and pens on my bed like I’m going to write a book.

The coffee’s cold, and a sitter plays piano with boys.

Rain pelts down the snowman out back,

and black birds heave like a sheet on the line.

I don’t have time to close my eyes, even at night.

The heater blazes my room and skips the rest.

My legs have melted into the bed,

and my eyes are eggs under a heavy mother.

The words for me are hardly born out of tireless work,

rather it’s the drifted thought, the accidental

prayers that rock me to sleep, the tired tick of a boat.

Only in sudden shifts of sound and mind do I wake to take note.

The piano crescendos then come to a hush.

Keep pen ready. You never know when you’ll hear.

Poetry happens in an unexpected turning,

when your periphery catches God from behind.

amberhaines
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6 Comments

Kelly @ Love Well
Reply February 25, 2013

I echo this. Profundity always catches me by surprise, like a friend you just saw standing next to you.

Nellie
Reply February 26, 2013

Goodness, "my eyes are eggs under a heavy mother" is just brilliant.

Shelly Miller
Reply February 26, 2013

I've read this three times now and I can't pick out my favorite line because they are all so gorgeous. Inspired writing is the best.

Heather
Reply February 26, 2013

I love this so crazy much.

xo

Tatianna Spencer
Reply March 6, 2013

I love the idea that "Poetry happens." Almost as if its more something done unto you than something you do yourself.

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