once the dust clears (for RGH)

the house you built
still stands, shaken
but unbroken

the rooms you nested within
then drifted apart inside
wait here, the other side
of pretending

for you to shed, finally
the character you learned so well
in gesture & inflection practiced
until believable

your mouth no longer fits
dialogue you memorized
& forms unscripted words,
flowering & spilling on the floor.  your floor,
not a stage where you play at life
cued to how was your day, dear?

the rooms wait
the world waits
for you to stop
playing house

the door you locked
is open now

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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20 Responses to once the dust clears (for RGH)

  1. Bruce Ruston says:

    really like the ending – stop playing house and open to the real- good lines

  2. Green Speck says:

    Wonderful … this had the flavor of a song !!!

  3. Kyle says:

    beautifully put

  4. Rhonda says:

    lyrics to live by susan. i don’t wanna play house. remember that song? i do and i agree.
    love you sfam

  5. jmgoyder says:

    Wonderful punchline!

  6. This is so well sung, Susan. I like it!

  7. The last line looks superfluous to me (but that’s just me) :-)

  8. nelle says:

    That first paragraph found a sensitive spot, and…

  9. Seb says:

    I’m wondering if there isn’t just a little bitterness in that closing ;-)

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