i wish you love and flight

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for T.

i wish you love and flight
away from the cage of bone
that holds you, broken
and breaking further
as you strike against
those bleeding bars
to reach light

you are a floating thing,
and fragile;
a swallowtail with a torn wing
or hummingbird
with feathers missing

capable of flight
but not completely
learned in it

but still, you try

and you should
as your strength
comes from the air

you gasp at the force
and shock
of this vise
squeezing
and shaping pain–

no, is not part of the trap
you laid and walked into
yourself

it is your heart
coming alive again
and pulsing, just like those wings

for freedom

***I should call this my coffee-break poem, as I had to go to work early, and this insisted I write it immediately :)

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25 thoughts on “i wish you love and flight

  1. So well done, and yes! Another earworm. When you spark music in my head, please know it has been a major player in my life, a means by which I cut through, rationalised, understood, and coped with so many things in life. When I hurt, music can find its way with me. Your words take me there, to my comfort places, and that is a very good thing.

    So… http://youtu.be/q0EurwBDfFw

      • Words and music make a formidable team. The story I wrote…radiant whispers… is based entirely on how snippets of songs (not at all from literal interpretation of lyrics, because something can emerge from an instrumental segment of a song) formed a story in my head, of which that is but one tiny part.

        In other words, I can’t help but share it, because it hits me right ‘tween the eyes.

  2. I remember Dylan as I think of T. How easily people can be wounded in “love” and how so easily they can also be wounded in “hatred”. Isaiah also comes to mind – I have come to heal the broken hearted and to set free all captives….and I believe this includes those trapped in cages and traps they may have built without knowing. I see both compassion and bitterness in this poem, and the symbolism of the letter T in upper case should not also be lost on us. At a T junction, we make choices to turn one way or the other – one choice leads forward and to freedom…..May there be the right choices and healing!
    Incidentally, in parts of East Africa “l” and “r” are allophones and experimenting with this on line 1 in the first stanza yields very intriguing results

    I wish your rove and fright :-)

    • LOL, Noel–that is amazing–rove and fright. Rove and flight both indicate going away, so that works for me–not the fright part.

      Gosh, I did not see any bitterness in this when I wrote it–I was actually happy that I could write something “nice.” Ah, well. If there is any subliminal bitterness, your keen eyes and even sharper mind will find it :)

  3. I love when poems insist to be written and this felt so smooth and light. I like that line: Your strength comes from the air.
    it’s so amazing because of the image it creates. You should have more coffee break poems :)

  4. Patricia Chenayi Nyandoro

    The first stanza speaks to me. I am T ! I am at a T junction !
    I wish I could just get out of this cage made of ” bone ” !
    Old breaking bone!

    Poetry is awesome L

    Thank you Susan.

  5. capable of flight
    but not completely
    learned in it

    but still, you try

    and you should
    as your strength
    comes from the air

    I don’t know why the jazz song “I Wish You Love” came to mind when I read these particular lines but it did. I think it is because I detected a tone of “I know you and I know what you are about, what you need. I care and have loved you, but I don’t think that what you need (or what I need) is for me to make that love remain as a box for either us of us.”

    That is what came to me.

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