Fine Indefinitely

I’ve made a sort of peace
with my chimera-like self.

Yes, I’ve envied
those whose lives were made
of uniform fabric, whose seams
always lined up with each other,

until I realized the beauty
in the patchwork of all my loves
stitched into my grinning soul.

I shall never be elegant.
I shall never neatly fit
into the costume of a role
not meant for me to play.
Those itch anyway.

Singing my praises to the beautiful blue
of a sky as high as I can imagine,
or murmuring prayers to the heart of a fire
that jumps and sparks in steps known only to itself,

I know that certainty sometimes equals confinement
and prefer to stay unconfined, undefined -
unless of course that’s what I desire
at that particular moment.


This poem is linked up to the Tuesday Platform over at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads. Kerry asked us to contemplate if a song has ever saved our lives. I'm not sure about saving my life, but something about this song always comforts me and feels like home.

27 comments:

  1. I love the opening and closing. Excellent piece.

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  2. The beauty is in the patchwork... I wish I had thought those words. I just love it when truth sounds brilliantly poetic. I adore your chosen song, too!

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  3. I shall never neatly fit
    into the costume of a role
    not meant for me to play.

    This is such an important self-discovery to make.

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  4. You had me at costumes. Very lyrical. Would love to hear the melody that went with it. As always, love your Muse's colorful eye.

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  5. My seams never line up either. This poem resonates with me!

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  6. Oh but we are meant to stand out, Rommy ❤️ this is soo heart-stirring.

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed your poem ~ and yes, costumes can be stiff, cumbersome AND itchy.

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  8. Hey, nobody's life is uniform fabric. :) I agree worry your last stanza -- make of life what you will!

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  9. 'Those itch anywy' AMEN to that. Didn't know the band but this is a great song. Might have to learn this one on the old guitar.

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    1. My husband introduced me to this band back in college. I've liked them ever since.

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  10. Nice contemplation. There is power in being different. I know...

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  11. Ah, the joys of freedom and spontaneity! I love the 5th verse especially.

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  12. Knowledge of self and who and what you wish to be in the when and where is invaluable.

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  13. I really identify with this! Beautiful!

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