I bow to the trees,
the birds are my choir.
I find refuge in silent fields,
wounds barely healed,
I have forgiven you,
but not myself.
"Not possible" you exclaim,
the ache is throbbing,
the mind is searching,
answers are far and few.
Don't ask me if I want to live,
ask me if I choose to die.
So excited that http://dversepoets.com/ is featuring http://dannygregorysblog.com/. The photo above is his illustration. I recently found him through my friend and talented poet and artist Claudia at https://jaywalkingthemoon.wordpress.com/ . I love his work !
we choose to die...but we also choose to live...ReplyDelete
and forgiving ourselves if often hard to do...harder than others...
happy tuesday ayala....
Yes, it is hard to do....Delete
Thanks for taking part, Ayala! Sometime forgiving oneself is the hardest. Your poem made me wonder about the background of this poem.ReplyDelete
A lot of pain.... Not always easy to share.Delete
Wasn't Gabriella's prompt over at dVerse today wonderful? The interview she did of Danny Gregory is definitely a keeper. The last two lines of your poem make me wonder as well....I wonder who in your poem has the choice of 'to live or to die.' I think there is a backstory to this poem.ReplyDelete
Wonderful interview! Mary, I leave pieces of myself in these poems..... It's not easy ..yet getting easier.Delete
some deep thought put into these linesReplyDelete
Thank you Pat .Delete
I think forgiving oneself is the hardest thing to do ~ Opening lines are my favorite Ayala ~ Good to see you ~ReplyDelete
Thank you Grace. Good to be seen.Delete
There is a lot of substance in this, Ayala...and underlying tone of sadness, but also of beauty. I'm really enjoying the poems written to Danny's work.ReplyDelete
I love Danny's work ..... Thank you Victoria. I am bleeding on the page.Delete
I LOVE this poem, especially "I bow to the trees. The birds are my choir." Mine, too. The last two lines are concerning. It reminds me of a time when I was struggling, and a dear friend said he knew it was harder for me to live, easier to die.......I am glad I chose life, because wonders awaited that I could never have dreamed.ReplyDelete
I am grateful that you chose to live. Thank you for sharing. This blog has taught me to open up and share things I have held inside for a long time.Delete
It's always good to find refuge in nature. But some wounds do take so long to heal, they feel like death.ReplyDelete
Good writing Ayala. Enjoyed.
Thank you Myrna.Delete
What a poignant poem, Ayala. There is significance and substance in all of your lines. I especially loved the line "I find refuge in silent fields, immunity unspoken"ReplyDelete
Thank you Rudri.Delete
It can be incredibly hard to forgive yourself... others, too; but you have to live with yourself and that makes the wounds heal much slower in a lot of cases.ReplyDelete
It's hard to forgive ourselves.....Delete
The opening line really drew me in as it is very symbolic to bow to the trees for there is a sense of freedom in the movement.ReplyDelete
Thank you !Delete
i think the hardest person to forgive is ourselves - it's so vital though for being able to move on and love again...ReplyDelete
So glad that you introduced me to Danny's work. ...and thank you.Delete
I chose poetry, which precludes that I choose life, & stiff-arm death; as for forgiveness, I've found it healthy to be quick to forgive myself, & sort of drag my feet in the forgiveness of others; something I am working on. Nice take on Danny's image.ReplyDelete
A work in progress for me..... Thank you !Delete
Love that 'the birds are my choir.' ~ Feels good the willingness to forgive...takes time though and efforts...starts from loving yourself and others as yourself....ReplyDelete
Thank you kindly.Delete
I can feel the depth and seriousness in your words...the ending is very profound. I really enjoyed this.ReplyDelete
It was hard emotion to put out there.Delete
The choices seemed to have been already made. Not good for a good soul! Great lines ayala!ReplyDelete
Thank you Hank.Delete
What a beautiful poem Ayala… I've missed reading your inspirational words.ReplyDelete
ALOHA from Honolulu