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My Mirror Must Be the Trowel

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My Mirror Must Be the Trowel

Your words lance through to bone, acid sizzling into every hole
I haven't filled in, yet I dig, and ponder, and dig, filling in.

I still rock where the echoes of door slammed shut, bounce around
like a crazed nut of truth, crazed distorted view, walls where none existed.

The lifeline of my life was a frail strand on the morning breeze
I could pull into view, ride like a youth jumping the ocean waves

that you sucked into the cold vacuum of your jealous ways
and not ending there, you stole the skate board, stole the waves

locked me into a endless stuffed food binge where doubt could be sweetened
but locked me further into a closed room, like a finished book

that no one wanted to read the first time or the last or ever
because it answered no questions, kissed no lips, hungered for nothing

gave nothing back to the children of the wave, children of the clouds
and then squished all the children into little mushed piles you ate

and then complained they had no blood left. I dig, with this trowel
wanting a mirror of burial, where the skies can rain down upon the muck

and quiet your words, quiet your harping, quiet your blows upon pride
and leave me a trowel upon which I can live out or die, piling scar tissue

over endless lies, over the cries of hungry children, over the cries 
of forgotten waves and restore someday the laughter and surprise of life.

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  1. Date: 4/8/2013 7:41:00 PM
    A very beautiful poem written with sadness and much emotion. Good Job.

  1. Date: 12/3/2010 2:41:00 AM
    Big congrats on your win, Sheri! Great poem here! Emilia

  1. Date: 11/29/2010 4:53:00 AM
    Congratulations Sheri on your win in John Heck's "Switch" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 11:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in this fine contest...Sara

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 8:08:00 AM
    such outstanding metaphors....the passion and anger just stings in this amazing poem of emotion! Well done, and Congratulations, Sheri!

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 6:06:00 AM
    Congrats on your win!!!

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 6:05:00 AM
    Congrats on your win!!! Michael

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 5:05:00 AM
    Accept my heartfelt congratulations on winning in the contest, Sheri

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 9:20:00 PM
    Sheri, congratulations on your awesome win, it was a joy to read this one again ;-) Wilma

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 8:22:00 PM
    Congrats Sheri on your big win in John's contest with this rare beauty entry with wonderful words so expressive luv.. enjoy your big win tonight with luv..

  1. Date: 11/27/2010 7:27:00 PM
    Many congratulations Sheri for this win.

  1. Date: 11/26/2010 7:51:00 PM
    thankxxx Sheri.. your warm and welcome comments are most appreciated on my poetry.. looking forward to reading more of yours soon as my husband's health crisis starts to balance out.. u can go to "blogs" and read mine tonight luv..

  1. Date: 11/26/2010 7:11:00 PM
    This is a real deep piece Sheri. I love the imagery in this. Thanks so much for the comments.

  1. Date: 11/13/2010 6:05:00 AM
    surprised at the sign of the gift. you got it. and it came from heaven. your images made perfect. you used every tool at your disposal with expert skill. this goes to my faves. i'll have to keep an eye on you. JOHN HENRY LOVING III

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 9:00:00 PM
    Sheri so much emotion and hurt captured.. Glad to see that you are rising above it... All the best for the contest with this gem :)

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 5:32:00 PM
    Thanks for your comments...

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 2:26:00 PM
    Been there. Done that. So I can commiserate, assuming this is autobiographical. Powerful stuff, Sheri. Love, dave

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 2:24:00 PM
    I agee ,desciption pours out in every line...I like this write very much...I would love your opinion on 2 of mine..1st is "Set To Sea" anfd the 2nd is "A walk through time"....curious if you like them...thanks for sharing your work , I will continue to read them...always Michael

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 1:46:00 PM
    Very descriptive and emotive work..I am glad that I stopped by and read your work..I was delighted that you stopped by and read my work..Sara

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 12:50:00 PM
    You surely do make us "feel" it, Sheri. Best wishes to you in the contest! Love, Carolyn