all answers were questioned

it is time to question
all the answers that just
drop into palms
like peaches, ripe
heavy, round
sweetly complacent

nothing comes this easy–
nothing true, anyway

like how this silence
presses past why
and moves into deep losing
of what was never touched
but reached

I have kinship
with that mermaid
from my daughter’s favorite story–
the one that saved a drowning man
and traded water for air,
speech for legs, as if somehow
she could stand and earn the means
to buy back words
without first learning
something essential
as walking

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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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12 Responses to all answers were questioned

  1. jmgoyder says:

    I love your reference to the mermaid.

  2. Susan the end just keeps getting better from the previous. Excellent and it’s the 1st verse for me 🙂

  3. “Question Authority”

  4. nelle says:

    Nothing comes this easy, indeed. As if we should expect something like love returned when none is given.

  5. ruleofstupid says:

    That first stanza is lovely. I think it would work on its own. 🙂

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