i've been feeling a little lackluster, myself and after A Cup of Jo's Joanna posed the question, what inspires you, I got to thinking.
well, lots of things. but sometimes, all i need is a really great quote
or to pull a play off the shelf and read aloud the scenes i've ear-marked
so today i pulled down the books of poetry by jeffrey mcdaniel, the splinter factory and the forgiveness parade
now, i'm not often a big poetry person. but his words constantly have me high-lighting and scribbling and starring in the seconds after they've taken my breath away. his stuff certainly isn't for everyone: it's not traditional or flowery, but it's potent in a really satisfying way.
i was tempted to type out every poem right here. but i don't have the time. nor, i'm sure, do you. so here are fragments and favorites brought to my attention by my trusty magic-marker arrows, marked from years ago.
...but I'm just a broken promise in a pawn shop,
and this is just a secret that happens to involve you...
...I don't wish I was in your arms.
I just wish I was pedaling a bicycle
toward your arms...
...I'll start telling you lies, and my lies will sparkle,
become the bad stars you chart your life by...
...I was prepared to chase
after you and whisper you have beautiful
footsteps when the truth is you make
my toes tingle like the capital of Venezuela.
I know loving me isn't easy--the all-night
helicopter parties, the glow-in-the-dark
haircuts, but when I look at you
it's like praying with my eyes....
...I guess there's two kinds of women.
Those you write poems about, and those you don't...
...I'm sorry all the kisses I scribbled
on your neck were written in disappearing ink, sorry
this poem took thirteen years to reach you. Sometimes
I thought of you so hard one of your legs would pop out
of my ear, and when I slept, you'd press your face
against the porthole of my submarine. I wish that just once,
instead of joyriding over flesh, we'd put our hands away
like chocolate to be saved for later, and deciphered
the calligraphy of each other's eyelashes, translated
a paragraph from the volumes of what couldn't be said...
...Some days I miss you so much
I'd jump off the roof of your office building
just to catch a glimpse of you on the way down...
...I hate when people ask if she even knew I was there.
The point is I knew, holding the one-sided
conversation of her hand. Once I believed the heart
was like a bar of soap--the more you use it,
the smaller it gets; care too much and it'll snap off
in your grasp. But when Grandma's last breath
waltzed from that room, my heart opened
wide like a parachute, and I realized she didn't die.
She simply found a silence she could call her own...