published in Rose & Thorn Journal
How strong the wood is
how heavy the water
how fire burns you and saves you
how we can suffocate in space.
A leaf knows no direction and it cycles.
How I slip across a plank of moods
how I gaze so far in my small mind
how I am not this sick body, but a cycle–a circle,
a painted sphere in orbit given to touch–to feel–magnitudes.
I know no direction. The dark, the light–two poles of a whole.
Balance: I pull you too far down and then too high,
but at such lengths
I wander beyond myself
examining the weight
of such a life.
6 thoughts on “Difficult Degrees”
I like how you used the metaphors in the poem to convey the message of the poem.
i like how you examine the two sides….fire saves and kills…and this plays on out through your poem as well…the leaf cycles and your cycles beyond your sick body….intriguing piece…
Thank you very very much Brian!
You had me hooked with, “A leaf knows no direction…” Beautiful!
This has the gravitas of truth. You are almost disconnected from the self here, witnessing the changes wisely as cycles. Great imagery, loved this, and if I could, I’d hug all the PTSD out of you. Much love and kindness, Mosk