My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics – Choose a Line. This week Mary has asked us to read the poem “Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye, choose one of the lines & use it as a line in a newly written poem.
I have chosen the line: ‘Notes friends tied to the doorknob’.
My train of thought
By well-chosen words
Written on mauled
Scraps of paper,
Notes friends tied to the doorknob
When I refused to let them in.
Cradled in paperiness
And desiccated tears,
I trace the light of language
That lingers in my carrion dawn,
A lifeline in the deepening shadows.
© Kim M. Russell, 2016