59

A satin-sashed serenade
a foxtrot of forgiveness:
“you can do anything,
but
you can’t do everything.”
cue the world’s
most delicate fanfare

If I had as many arms as
I wished I did,
I’d be more extremity
than me.
My identity is not in
how much I continue to reach
but in my ability to pull back
when I’ve lost track.

Following each fork in the road
just to be sure I didn’t
miss anything
I ended up missing a lot:
invitations to a wine bottle, shared
cat-sitting a cat I don’t like
impromptu sushi nights
RSVP, respond later

I’ve discovered that the best part of sushi
is in the freshness of fish
not in the number of pieces
I can fit on my plate.

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33 Replies to “59”

  1. Well, sushi is sushi. Id rather take mine, raw. As in sashimi raw
    Hehe. Still at your very best, milady Elle, never quantitize the work, only in pure quality is the real deal what a poem can make a poet out of.

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  2. I love this. So many wonderful lines and ideas. Particularly ‘Following each fork in the road just to be sure I didn’t miss anything I ended up missing a lot’. And ‘My identity is not in how much I continue to reach but in my ability to pull back when I’ve lost track.’ And the bit about being all extremity made me laugh! Wonderful poem.

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  3. I understand more than you know… I suddenly found myself in the last month or two maybe if I’m honest the last two years unraveling until now i have severe social anxiety! The very thought of leaving my apt and even coming face to face with just one person terrifies me. When just a few weeks ago I was still the “social butterfly” at church and around town. Our secrets make and keep us sicker than we sometimes are able to admit. I wish you the best! Love your writing, keep up the good work!

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    1. ‘our secrets make us sicker’ is so real to me. thank you for sharing this on my page, i relate so much to these inner fights we have with ourselves. i hope one day we both find solace in figuring it out 🙂

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