Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lightning

I flew a kite.
I flew a key.
Lightning split the sky
for me.
I boxed it up.
I took it home
so if I should ever be alone

I'd have lightning.

Behind white walls
and a deadbolt door,
I play with lightning
on the floor.
I clap thunder.
I cry rain
until floods come to wash away

all the things I've been fighting

and nothing's left but lightning.

19 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Fuck

in

ay,

woman!

wow.

Mary said...

Lightning has that resilience few things do.

Brian Miller said...

dang bit of magic you wrote there mj...lighting in the a bottle...broke open...

Kim Nelson said...

The cadence is perfect and fast-paced, the content alchemical and allegorical. Magic and wonders uniquely created and claimed are never lost, despite what else falls by the wayside.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes!! Count me in!!

Fireblossom said...

Hey Brian...who is mj?

Sioux said...

Did you pull this out of your butt (like one of the women in my writing group, who says, "I don't really have much" and then she pulls something mind-blowing out of her butt)?

You do so f'ing much with just a few words, Mama Zen. Could you and Hedgewitch and Shay go on tour?

ayala said...

So cool!

hedgewitch said...

Like I wasn;t already cueballed by what Shay's been doing on her vacation, sometimes several times a day. This is one of your best, MZ, and that's saying a lot. The metaphor seems neat and harmless at first, then intriguing, then terrifying.

Ella said...

Keep that spark burning! Passion is a fire we must always keep lit! ;D
Love this poem...

Grandmother said...

Given the absolute death and destruction of lightening, to have it as a kind of friend is scary. This is amazing.

Grace said...

Love the sharpness and crisp lines ~ Good one MZ ~

manicddaily said...

Agree with all - this is one of your best - just terrific. Lightning sharp. Wonderful. k.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

It's sad but it is also a really fun write. Thank you.

happygirl said...

OH WOW! this was such a good one. Lightening. I'm speechless.

Marian said...

hah! brings to mind Frankenweenie, which brings to mind Frankenstein, but i guess only because we just watched and i got em on my mind. waiting for the flood.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I wish I had written this. I wish I could.

my heart's love songs said...

this is stunning, MZ!!!

Fred Rutherford said...

nice. Love the images here. Really a lyrical quality to this one. very nice. Thanks