Untitled Prose Poem for dVerse Poets Pub

In my prime, I had a whole grove of houseplants, and kept a cat. Now I am petless and plantless and I let the spiders cobweb the corners. I used to eat rice and tofu, seafood soups and ginseng chicken. Look how this past eight years of eating American weighs upon me. I take on pounds like a tree growing rings, by about a pound a month it seems.

At thirty, I rode my motorcycle to the airport and caught a jet to Venice. Mid-forties now, I am a lone cow in a long, narrow pasture – with shelter at one end, and food at the other. Locked into a subsistence wage by conditions and circumstances beyond my control, I move sedately from one comfortable chair to another, in which to hunch over these keys.

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23 comments

    • there was a type of creature which clung to the rocks in the swift current at the bottom of a river. one day they saw a creature looking just like them but flying through the waters above! How are you doing that?! they cried, and the answer came back JUST LET GO

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  1. impressive the easy mix of humour with wry perspective – fabulous analogy of tree rings and weight gain – cow in a narrow pasture. A Spring clean might just give the impetus for change – though the spiders will complain

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  2. Time for a new interest …. anything….painting, a yoga class, book club …. anything. When I feel overcome with ennui, I always look for some new interest to jump start my muse! I hope you find that something! Well written, by the way.

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  3. Life sometimes binds us in to that long narrow pasture. Sometimes we bind ourselves in, at ease with the strange comfort of it. Now and again I open the gate and let myself out but generally return there…I think this happy apathy contributes to my tree rings…
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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