Behind The Weeds

Water Breathes
inhales and exhales light.
It fuels blood, sometimes leaks.
Makes us tread.

Flowers lather in purple
and white on the edge.
They announce Spring, kisses,
gather behind a casket.

Eyes climb the trees
long after the body cannot.
Green at the top fans birdsong.
The bark still wars with skin
reveals secrets underneath.

Sun lands on a child’s reaching hand,
a stone that sparkles in her palm.
It stains the skin, feeds cancer,
seeks to know the hidden.

Behind the weeds, there is everything
I need and don’t.
The smiles I strive to create.
The handprint that won’t go away.

5 comments

  1. “The handprint that won’t go away.”

    I feel the sting and think of vine and green.

    Kerri,

    I see the smiles, too, and the hand reaching.
    You show life, the good, the bad and the ugly,
    and you show us the smiles, the hope for the future
    in that tiny reaching hand.

    I don’t read your poems; I live them.

    Sarah

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  2. Hi Kerri

    Eyes climb the trees
    long after the body cannot.
    Green at the top fans birdsong.
    The bark still wars with skin
    reveals secrets underneath.

    Passages like this make this poem breathe with truth and such an intricate wisdom that connects our lives to the process of nature’s life cycle. I love the way you observe what lies out there among the weeds and beyond. You have a special gift for perceiving the subtle, for allowing the reader to ruminate on and enjoy what nuances are revealed in the bark, the stone, the surface beneath our human condition.

    Thank you for this,
    so much enjouyed!
    Wendy

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  3. “Eyes climb the trees
    long after the body cannot.” My favorite line. I feel I am in the shadows watching joys of nature mixed with complexities of childhood. I have read it thrice. Will read it again. Thanks for phrases that draw me in for more.
    ptc

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