Sunday, March 8, 2015

Small

Your net is spun of sitar strings
To hold the griefs of gods
                             --- Wole Soyinka


The grief of god seems small.
I've buried my mama and several fine dogs.
It was an apple, after all.
Just a sweet in the teeth of a curious child.
Now sparrows fly and fall
watched, but not caught.  The grief of god
seems small.

For Grace's prompt at Real Toads

19 comments:

Sylvia K said...

One can feel the pain/grief in this one and a great one as always!

Fireblossom said...

"watched, but not caught". *shiver*

Grandmother (Mary) said...

All I can say is yes to this with the deepest of sighs and not a little consternation.

Björn Rudberg said...

The sorrow seems heavy in this.. a lot like a good fado..

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow. Love the idea that compared, to humans, the grief of god feels small. And I, too, feel the impact of the sparrows, "watched but not caught."

blueoran said...

The grief of god is indeed small when "sparrows fly and fall / watched but not caught." No more than ours, trapped amid the falling. Amen.

Grace said...

I admire the refrain of the grief of god seems small ~ This is a sharp contrast to our own grieving ~ Thanks for linking up with Sunday's challenge and wishing you happy weekend ~

C.C. said...

So philosophically profound and emotionally evocative.

Brian Miller said...

losing a mom is rough, went through that with my wife. i will have to ask god when i meet HEr...but i imagine even the fallen sparrow is grieved.

georgeplaceblog said...

Grief is searing in this.

Outlawyer said...

Wonderfully understated but super strong. Thanks. k. (Manicddaily)

I am sorry I always drone on in my work! I really am a story writer, not poet. But I do think of you when I try to cut! k.

Susan said...

Yes. Right on target. Though god's forgivess--not mercy--looms large.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I have buried my mother and grandmother and several fine dogs too. I know exactly where that kind of grief goes.

angieinspired said...

MZ, the 'it was an apple, after all.' gave me pause to think that we all shrivel like an apple, after all. Very visual for me, the underground and the sky.

Hannah said...

Yes! Mama Zen...this is fine intriguing work!!

razzamadazzle said...

This is beautiful and touching.

Gail said...

Whoa! This is great. "The grief of god seems small" Fantastic.

grapeling said...

just brilliant ~

Outlawyer said...

This is just a terrific poem, MZ. K.