What she said (a sort of roundel)

Return to me, love.  My feet are planted
deep in this country, sole to earth, rooted
in the same soil where my father’s bones sleep.
My spirit flows here, exhaled and rebreathed.
Return to me and take what is offered.

In invitation, or is it demand(?)
you want life on your terms, open-handed,
insist that you miss what you chose to leave.
Return to me, love.

More than my hope must pilot you homeward–
life keeps house and bakes bread daily, leavened
to lightness not by saudade but by yeast,
this practical, practiced magic completes
without competing, if you surrendered
(and) return(ed) to me, love.

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 What she said (a sort of roundel)

  1. annotating60 says:

    Susan, nice to see you once more. I think about you often. Good poem. >KB

    • Thanks, KB. A little rough around the edges, but that’s what you get with forms. Finally getting my head above water–new job, new hours, and a demanding schedule have a way of dampening my muse. Miss you too!

  2. great to see your fine words again Susan. it has been too long, girl!

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Insist that you miss what you choose to leave. Sweet line, and of course that last line just towers. But dang it Susan, you constantly make me have to go look up words, like saudade. My vocabulary is fairly stunted you know. But good stuff on a cold November evening. I hope your training went well and that you didn’t unlearn too much.

    • Trent! I have missed you, and here you go, reading my pale attempt at a form (rules make me break out in hives). The new company is good, enjoying the work, but MAN are they working me…glad I could sneak on here for a while today on my day off.

  4. unfetteredbs says:

    Good to see your magnificence present today lady 🙂
    I’ve missed your words.

  5. oneofaclass says:

    Nice to see you back and in fine form. Great poem!

  6. jmgoyder says:

    This made me cry – have missed you.

  7. nelle says:

    A bit of a different track for you, expanding your (formidable) repertoire!

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