If you saw me
and not my colors peacocked
on a page

if you saw the thin mouth
the flat feet

you would say this woman
knows more about bread baking
and when to plant seeds

than that precise moment
before the crocus blooms
before the swallows
nest under eaves

you would say this woman
knows nothing of how air softensย to spring
the riot we callย running of sap,
and little about opening

but she does, I do

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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56 Responses to perception

  1. Oh yes… you do and you tell it through your words.
    Perception is a fickle thing and so varied from here to there it can be that a person may get lost in the maze of all what others have perceived about him. But if he knows and clutches to his knowledge about self, it is wonderful.
    Fine writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. none of us are what we look like – except for the whores and the politicians

    • Good point. At least the whores are honest about who they are. Can’t say the same for our politicians ๐Ÿ˜‰

      On Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM, Susan Daniels Poetry wrote:


  3. Rhonda says:

    YES…you do. Beautiful

  4. jeglatter says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, you do. Apparent from our first meeting.:)

  5. Widow Beach says:

    Fabulous–kind of reminds me of a Van Gogh painting.

  6. Heartafire says:

    you do indeed, you are a powerful and insightful woman with an incredible gift of expression.

  7. Alice Keys says:

    This is my kind of woman. She can come live with me any day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Alice

  8. unfinishedpractice says:

    I love the first 3 stanzas. Reminds me of something from Lorine Niedecker’s North Central. I would really like to see some further delineation between the 2 or 3 roles of artist, homesteader (for lack of a better word) and observer perhaps. Very intriguing.

    • Thanks, Brian. It is unfinished, and you have given me possible a direction to go in. Thanks much!

      On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM, Susan Daniels Poetry wrote:


  9. brian miller says:

    smiles…we are more than meets the eye…
    what you see will limit you to truly understanding me…

  10. Mary says:

    Sometimes people who think they know something know very little at all. I like the way you have gotten that message apart.

  11. Oh the packaging is not an accurate reflection of what is inside. And we judge, far too much, based on the book’s cover. A very insightful poem, the sentiments of which we shouldn’t ignore.

  12. claudia says:

    oh you surely do… it’s in our genes – isn’t it – even though it’s not so obviously visible…

  13. Susan – this struck home – lately having a conversation/conversion with myself – making the exterior closer to the interior – thanks for this today – K

  14. kelly says:

    We should never judge a book by its cover…somehow that color always manges to bleed through….. I see you.

  15. scotthastiepoet says:

    Loved this – it creeps up on you – deftly done… With Best Wishes Scott

  16. Laurie Kolp says:

    It is all about perception… love the ending.

  17. We must never “judge a book by its cover” nor a person by how we first perceive them to be. We each are much deeper and more complicated than we appear. Well captured.

  18. hypercryptical says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely words.
    Strange it is, others perceptions of us and I really think we present a different ‘us’ to different people, adapt ourselves a little to be what they need us to be…
    Anna :o]

  19. kamana says:

    it’s who we are on the inside that matters, and we cant really tell that from looking at the wrapping we come in.

  20. How perception of what a person looks can be something entirely different.. Really lovely words Susan, the blooms are there for all of us… But many never look deep inside the flowers to really see them.

  21. rmp says:

    perception made at the onset of sight can be hard to counteract if they set someone off from delving deeper. and pushing past someone’s ignorance can be tough. this has quite a poignant message.

  22. This was suddenly sensual – so like a Georgia O’Keefe painting – another woman one would wonder at the things she knew – like cowboys and Indians and cactus at sunset and all about beginnings, endings and especially openings and closings. Love the aha at the end.

    • Gay, thank you. Wow–you are the second person that mentioned paintings. Really appreciate the feedback!

      On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM, Susan Daniels Poetry wrote:


  23. Wonderful writing. This definitely makes me wish you were my neighbor! We are all such a bundle of apparent contradictions, but isn’t it duality that makes us whole?

  24. billgncs says:

    proof of what most men learn young…. every woman is a surprise !

  25. Akila says:

    very beautiful! i loved the close …how you chose to integrate them

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