Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Now that they're all gone: let's begin


NOW THAT THEY’RE  ALL GONE: LETS BEGIN

Before shaking, cajoling,
wrestling the key
in the studio lock,
get the gesso
and paint a wide streak
down the laundry pile.
Use that erasure brush
so the heaving basket
disappears.

Don’t notice the dishes;
forgo the broom;
avoid eye contact
with the flowers that droop
their pollen in tears
on the kitchen table.

Pause before stepping
into this other room.
Try! Unlearn the duty
you’ve spelt in your sleep.
Unhook its badge!
Delicately rest its body
in a velvet box
hidden in a sock.

Rebecca Guyver
25 September, 2012

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