When I first loved you,
maybe I wrote your name
on a piece of paper and floated it in honey,
or maybe I chanted it at midnight, on a night
cold as this one, where speech is visible
as breath, your name a mantra,
a whisper/song stretched under
all being, a sound given shape
to fly words to an uncaring sky.

It is not as easy to unspeak a feeling
once it has flesh, undo a fabric
spun finer than capillaries
blushing secret under skin
but it can be done.  I need the words
to unlove to come, fast and sharp
as what brought us together

only this time, gently and forever.

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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30 Responses to spelling

  1. K. A. Brace says:

    Susan, Superb and exquisite. >KB

  2. Lovely Susan. Sonically and emotively. Some wonderful sound-play going on here that coincides nicely with the thoughts behind the sounds.
    And unfortunately, these times and chapters often as not scream when we want slow softness, and crawl when we crave speed…no?

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    Isn’t funny what bad places can do for writing what you feel. Stay warm, Daniels. And write some more, will ya.

  4. Beautiful poem, comme d’habititude, Susan.

    Got me thinking of the verse – love is forever!

    forever can never be unspoken,
    love is forever
    its unforgotten words,
    spoken in elegant whispers
    hummed in different decibels
    some misty, some steamy, some sugary,
    some clumsy, dance and sway
    before, behind and beside us

  5. Alice Keys says:

    I enjoyed this jeweled treasure you’ve offered to the world today. This poem pulled me right in and held me close till the end. I admire your deft use of language to represent and convey human experience and emotions.

    Thanks for this post. All the best.
    Happy New Year.

  6. unfetteredbs says:

    You cut so deep with this one Susan. Beautiful and painful. I’m with Trent… I’ve missed your words. Be well.

  7. welcome back dear lady

  8. absolutely beautiful, Susan.
    especially this –>
    “It is not as easy to unspeak a feeling
    once it has flesh”

  9. nelle says:

    You took me for a ride, right there, especially in the second, and I just tried to shiver the goosebumps away.

  10. Rhonda says:

    I’m with you in spirit and in heart my sister…a slow crawl to the light at the end…where those that love you await to hug you on your way to the wonders just around the corner…xoxo

  11. Beth Camp says:

    Keep writing, keep writing these lovely poems. You make me very glad I signed up for e-mail notification. This poem “Spelling” was pure joy to read for its art and emotion.

  12. I wish you a happy and fulfilled New Year, dear Susan. 🙂

  13. Chagall says:

    When one unloves, does a hole appear or get mended? Here’s to a great 2014. —Chagall

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