Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sentenced to confusion

all day I've tried
to ignore the vibration
of the floor under my seat

as the senseless hammering
of the jack in the street
shakes all my cells

loose and tumbling
disordered and topsy-turvy
like beads scattered across

the trembling wood floor and
lost among the grain there
I can't collect myself


Blogger Pat Paulk said...

I've spent alot of years trying to collect myself, but pieces and parts always slip away. Of course I've never tried to do it under the direct supervision of a jack hammer. Too funny!!

8/31/2006 4:49 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Something is undoing your usual serene self. Let it have it's way, as long as it promises to restore the pieces to a stronger version of you.

8/31/2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

D and Cat had a sleepless day from jackhammers in the street, after a sleepless night. I showed him this, he laughed.

9/01/2006 2:55 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Pat, my ongoing efforts to collect myself have been similarly elusive, and I've concluded that's the point. However, the "direct supervision of a jack hammer" is not a helpful addition under any circumstances. Glad you enjoyed it!

Mermaid, I was caught between a jackhammer and a migraine when I wrote this and trying to find a little humor to leaven the situation. I am completely restored today. Thank you for your good thoughts!

Zhoen, oh good, I'm so glad he laughed! Thanks.

9/01/2006 9:07 AM  
Blogger floots said...

like the whole poem but love the way it builds up to that ambiguous last line
nice one

9/02/2006 12:25 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Stop reading my mind, MB! ;-)

A gem.

9/02/2006 7:02 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Floots, thanks for noting the ambiguity!

Mary, I try not to, but it seems we think too much alike. Thanks.

9/05/2006 9:03 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I feel your pain noises can drive you nuts, I once took a clock apart in the middle of the night because it defied my best attempts to silence its ticking

9/08/2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Sue, your story makes me chuckle. I can also be sensitive to certain types of noises.

9/09/2006 1:44 PM  

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