The Kindness of Friends

Inspired by the line ‘Notes friends tied to the doorknob’ from the poem Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye.


My train of thought

Is haunted

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