10/06/2019

Thoughts...

I sit with them,
the mad thoughts,
the bad thoughts,
the sad thoughts.
We are content in our perverse affinity.

We nestle in the comfort of
our rote conversations.
Debating light and dark, and wrongs
long past and unresolved.

We are good friends.
the mad thoughts
the bad thoughts,
the sad thoughts.
Reflections of each other.

And like good friends we
laugh at our absurdities,
as if any of it matters anymore.
or if it ever did.

Companions in the dark we are,
the mad thoughts,
the bad thoughts,
the sad thoughts.
We want no other company.


© 2019 Grace St. Clair 

6 comments:

  1. You have a talent for this. I can relate to this. I've been friends with the mad, bad and sad thouhhts

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    1. Now here is the interesting thing about poetry - what the writer wrote and meant is NOT always what the readers hears and understands. I think, unlike prose, the reader brings personal meaning to the poem. Regardless what the writer meant, it's what the reader understands that's important.

      (When i say 'mad thoughts' I mean crazy as in 'mad as a hatter'. After reading your comment I realized someone might read that as 'angry' - depending on where the reader is coming from. Interesting, yes?)

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  2. I also can relate. I think beauty of poetry is that the reader can bring their personal meaning to the words.

    For me, this poem captures how I feel in the middle of the night, rehashing long ago conversations. Thank you for sharing your words and takent!

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    1. An old writing professor said, quoting someone or other, I've never been able to track it down = "Poetry doesn't have to be FOR everyone but it has to be ABOUT everyone"... as a writer the hardest thing is letting it go. And letting it be to other people whatever they need it to be regardless of what you meant it to be.

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  3. What an incredible poem, Grace! I've read it several times and each time I feel a different connection to the words. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. Thank you for reading (and liking it it!). I started it over a month ago using a very specific format but I couldn't get my idea to fit my format. Once I let the stricture go, it all came together and I am pleased with it. I see all those thoughts sitting around a low table, in comfy chairs, sipping tea and talking in fits and starts - all cosy together.

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