Tuesday, January 27, 2015

clothesline

bow tie quilt

i
you
us
them
those people
wouldn't it be lovely
if one could
live
in a constant state
of we?
some of the most
commonplace
words
can be some of the biggest
dividers
they
what if there was
no they?
what if there
was only
us?
if words could be seen
as they floated out
of our mouths
would we feel no
shame
as they passed beyond
our lips?
if we were to string
our words
on a communal clothesline
would we feel proud
as our thoughts
flapped in the
breeze?

~Marilyn Maciel, "clothesline"



What is on your clothesline?  homemade Beautiful quilts or sheets flapping in the fresh air or baby diapers being brightened by the sun? Or do you air your dirty laundry for all to see? Are you proud of the words that float out of your mouth?


~"clothesline" used with permission of the poet
~published in Life is a Verb by Patti Digh

2 comments:

Patchwork Reflections said...

from the poet, Marilyn Maciel: Thank you, Susan. Sometimes I need a good reminder of my own words. ;)

Linda Anderson-Little said...

Thank you for posting this poem! I love it and used it in a sermon this morning that I would like to post on my blog. How do I find Marilyn Marciel's permission to do so? I have not been able to find a place to ask her in my internet searches. Thanks! Linda www.soulstorywriter.net