Back to the Blog: and a Poem

I’m back to my blog and easing back to my routine after a packed and lovely weekend that included seeing my younger sister’s fantastic art opening, dancing, visiting the coolest sci-fi bookstore ever,  catching a performance of In Her Image (which I HIHGLY recommend), and working in the middle of the night (ah, freelancing!)

Somehow I still managed to do some “poeming” every day, and last night I reviewed my month’s poems thus far. They’re all pretty terrible, probably because I squeezed most of them out of the few minutes before bed when what I really wanted to do was sleep. Still, here’s my Dove Chocolate Poem (which is a variation of the Fortune Cookie Poem for times when there is no fortune cookie in sight) from April 4th:

Give me a reason to break

my sleep of a hundred years. Search yourself

for the courage to untangle the briars someone wove around my heart —

someone who pressed needles into my skin before I knew

about sharp edges or soft kisses or sleeps as deep as oceans

that still couldn’t drown my needs as they

blossomed like roses–

and one held out to you.

I’m currently reading Thornspell, which is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. When in doubt, steal fairy tale metaphors. The Dove Chocolate quote is highlighted in the boldface letters:  “Give of Yourself to Someone who Needs You” — which I’m pretty sure is the dumbest Dove Chocolate quote ever.