standing in the night – for 3WW

to collapse on the floor

while a heart stands silently

peeling stars

peeling tough stars from the skies

barren lips shaken

words over words

shadowed by unrelenting curtains

he describes it as cheap labor

the art of writing poetry that is

to dangle participles

of regular past verbs

by their ankles

embracing their high heeled splendor

until closet is vacant

bed left unmade

kettle unboiled

write it down neatly, i say

then maybe, just maybe

i might understand you

by mary ann blinkhorn

written for Three Word Wednesday at:

18 thoughts on “standing in the night – for 3WW

  1. Leeza says:

    No labor to read your work, as I dangle from the rafters to which I soar in admiration; You say it all neatly and with aplomb.

  2. Old Egg says:

    Writing poetry is cheap labor? I don’t know, pleasure and pain perhaps, in either order.

  3. Frankie Jay says:

    Really like this-it describes the process so well.

  4. can’t “like” posts at the mo – pc won’t let let! enjoyed this poem – effortless use of words

  5. leander42 says:

    Dangling words by their ankles indeed: how fantastic.

  6. sedge808 says:

    U is so talented.

  7. Jae Rose says:

    peeling stars..peeling words..what a wonderful metaphor..maybe words should not be peeled an onion skin..a little bit of rough chopping can be good..simply beuatiful,jae

  8. jcosmonewbery says:

    Maybe, just maybe…nice hanging question.

  9. Sheilagh Lee says:

    cheap labour to write such beauty? your poetry is gorgeous.

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