worrying (bone soup)

If this love
is all that’s left,
let me gnaw it

let me scrape all taste
from its bones,
if bones it is,
and crack them
for marrow.

I am less committed
than hungry,
bone sucking.

Sucking bone,
(more) hungry than

less am I
than this need
to not waste one shred

of sustenance.


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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54 Responses to worrying (bone soup)

  1. tinkwelborn says:

    very Good, Susan.

  2. ManicDdaily says:

    Terrific. Sharp. K.

  3. brian miller says:

    nice…you did end up giving it a try…and pulled it off well….nice grit in this….the bone sucking cracking to get at the marrow…vivd….framed nice to if this is love…

  4. Oh, the imagery is just beyond amazing. I love less committed than HUNGRY! That describes me, just, quite entirely. I want that phrase tied to my bones somehow…

  5. Eric~ says:

    Oof. I know this feeling. Beautifully done, Susan.

  6. Lady Lovely says:

    Oh Susan….Love it! One of my faves!

  7. BroadBlogs says:

    That’s just beautiful, Susan.

  8. Wow, Susan–very well done. Isn’t it a bear of a form, though?

    • It is a bear, and while I respect bears, I want them to be out of sight, in the wild 😉

      Guess that’s my way of saying no way in HELL will this become a regular form in my work… Laughing.

  9. Bodhirose says:

    No, this won’t be one of my everyday forms either. But thanks for joining in, Susan and giving it a go.
    Gayle ~

  10. dragyonfly says:

    love the “meat” of this…it speaks to me about a topic i am struggling with….thank you.

  11. Loving the taste of this bone soup ~ Smiles ~

  12. Your bone soup is much sexier than mine….

  13. Melanie says:

    Very sharp. Brilliant. X

  14. Rowan Taw says:

    Oh yes, I know that hunger. Powerful write!

  15. Beth Camp says:

    Maybe the sight of your dog working his way into the bone inspired this poem, but how it resonates with passion! A pure delight.

  16. Sabio Lantz says:

    Interesting poem
    (very little palindrome, that I see)
    But the passion without commitment, the greed is stark. It seems either critical, desperate or confused or all of those.

  17. heidi says:

    This felt primal to me and reading the inspiration in the comments, I see why. Nice write!

  18. Ah, yes. I think the good stuff is deep within. Nicely done, Susan!

  19. yeoldefoole says:

    speechless! this is so amazingly fine!

  20. nelle says:

    Wow…good one, with all kinds of cool imaginings sparked.

  21. That transition from your dog’s pork chop bone to this stunning poem was divine. I mean, just, yes …

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