Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Grain Of Salt

I took my silence with a grain of salt -
it grew an ocean.

Waves ate the sands of my cerebellum; my amygdala swims free.

My head is a slosh of white noise
and whale song.

The tides are still.  There's no higher ground for me.

For Midweek Motif ~ Silence at Poets United

17 comments:

X said...

cool use of the amygdala, which if I remember have to do with memory.
when they silence becomes an ocean, it can definitely erode many things. one grain becomes too much salt very quickly

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Perfection!!

Gail said...

What X said. Fantastic.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Love this, especially the allusions to water in every stanza.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome and perfection indeed, as always!!

Mary said...

I really like the progression of this poem! Favorite stanza is the first one....love "it grew an ocean."

Leslie Moon said...

hmm it reminds me too well of dear Alzheimer's patients the white noise growing swiftly.
Captivating images MZ

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is wonderful - I smiled with delight when I read "My head is a slosh of white noise and whalesong." Beautiful!

Marion Lawless said...

There's no higher ground for me, either. I feel you, sister-girl. Oh, how I miss those tides!!! xo

Hannah said...

Whoa!! You took your Zen-ness to a whole new level, for me! You rocked this tight powerful piece, MZ!!

hailee's comma said...

I love your closing line, as if you've tried to rise above your circumstances, make mature decisions and such ... but in the end, you're just allowing yourself to be washed away. The amygdala "almonds" are the emotion centers of your brain. The cerebellum controls movement. How terrifying to have no control over your body but to have your emotions "swimming free."

This makes me think of someone in a hospital bed, unable to move but perfectly able to think clearly. Complete horror.

C.C. said...

Loved your use of the amygdala and cerebellum....this is beautiful and very smart, too!

Sumana Roy said...

we should definitely let Silence to take the helm sometimes...lovely..

G L Meisner said...

Great description told of the growth of things over done.

Fireblossom said...

A person could do worse than whale song.

Myrna R. said...

Love the biological and emotional mix in your words. Ultimately, they express gratitude for inner silence. At least that's what they said to me. Lovely!

Nicholas V said...

Wonderful write! I loved the use of the amygdala, it worked well with the loss of mentation and memory, and ultimately, silence. Perhaps Alzheimer's patients can respond to whalesong in the very end. Initially music plays a fundamental role in management...