Saturday, May 16, 2015

These Things

I write these things because I must
keep the truth for prying eyes
and lock lies in my rusted trust.
I write these things because I must.

I'm the bluff, and I'm the tell.
A silhouette spread 'neath the sheets.
Call or fold me in farewell.
I'm the bluff; I'm the tell,

the knell,
the need
to write these things.

For Karin's prompt at Real Toads

27 comments:

De said...

Love love LOVE the double meaning in "fold" here.
Your repeating line works so well.

Enigma said...

Loved it. Great work with the prompt!

Outlawyer said...

Hey Mz--so many wonderful reversals here--the keeping the truth for prying eyes--carried out in the bluff and tell--what gives us away, though we hold it dear and close to the vest, and though we also give it away too--the rhyme works like a knell--a kind of repetition--thanks for coming up with something so fast and so sharp too.

k.

brudberg said...

Bluff and tell.. what a great tension between those word.. I love those layers you give here.

Sylvia K said...

And you've done it again!! Awesome as always, MZ!! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!!

Sioux said...

Again, HITH do you do it?

The rhyme, the playfulness disguising the reality...

Wowza!

rhymeswithbug said...

Super! And it has a tolling quality to it

Debi Swim said...

Your poems often seem very upfront but then always wow with subtlety and depth. Leaves me shaking my head then nodding in admiration.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful rhyming patterns, underscoring some deep truths. "I write these things because I must." Yes.

Susan said...

Wow. Be the need until you become part of the solution. I feel such yearning here! Thank you.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Such a powerful vibe flowing through this brilliant piece :D
Loved it!
xoxo

Herotomost said...

Im the bluff, I'm the tell. that is a great line. This is the best MZ.

Mary said...

Sometimes a person just has to!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Luvverly! And how glad your readers are that you don't fight that imperative.

Hannah said...

Hmm...I like to think of the other meaning for bluff as well especially with the silhouette line...it does cause me to think of landscape...intriguing write, MZ!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I'm the bluff, and I'm the tell.

What a great line, perfectly placed in this poem which reads like a poet's confession.

Rommy said...

Every time I read your work I'm blown away by the way the words not only sound gorgeous the way you've arranged them but by the depth of meaning they hold.

Fireblossom said...

Detective Goren would approve.

R.K. Garon said...

Well... That was as interesting as it was strange. Good write :-)
ZQ

my heart's love songs said...

"I'm the bluff, and I'm the tell"

fabulous line! great write, MZ!

have a lovely week.

grapeling said...

damn. ~

Jim said...

There is magic here, I am not sure what kind. But tell, you must.
My mind kept replacing "bluff" with "buff." That was pretty exciting when I got to the "'neath the sheets" part.
..

espresso and a cherry said...

This is so intriguing (for real). ;)

Offering up the truth for "prying eyes" and then keeping the lies to yourself. But really, we do lie to ourselves more than we do to others, don't we?

Really gorgeous writing, MZ. You kill it every time. Your consistency blows my mind.

Out of Sight L said...

....because I must...to survive I'm the bluff...oh girl, you've said it

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I understand. I write my things because if I don't give them a life, an identity, then they will be as a rose on the moon, beautiful and destined to wither an die. Great poem, Zenzy!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

so crisp and wow!!

C.C. said...

Great double meaning and awesome rhythm to this!