Because all experiences are valuable.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Waiting for this Heat to Break

I want to have a way with words like Alice Hoffman,
the way she would describe
how and why you might
simply die in a conscious act of
ceasing to live,
from extreme heat and sadness,
without her ever once mentioning the words
hot, or sad.

You would burn down like a
lone incense cone to a tiny
immolative pile of ash,
having blazed from a smokey fiery pyre
to a lost wisp on the twilight breeze.
Everyone who read you would know
just how that feels.

There would have to be flowers,
something exotic, but slightly New World,
twisted, variegated roses and purple clematis,
twining unseen into a thicket,
where your ash will gravitate and settle,
never once having needed
to slither and sweat
among the dark, back alleys,
window panes and velvet sofas
of a Tennessee Williams play,
a Carson McCullers story,
a Walker Percy novel.

Alice, you have cool breath,
Even through my restless sleep,
waiting for this heat to break.

Sylace- having slept all day, and having awakened feeling lost.

(and especially hoping that Ali enjoys this...)


  1. And you were very accurate in my love for this. I envy Alice's words like no others. But Tara, your words haves strength all of their own.

  2. I am such a lover of Alice Walker, but there are two beauties to words. The foreign words of those we have not met, which intoxicate us with their beauties and their mysteries. Then there are the words of those we know, those we love, those we hold closer to our hearts than ourselves. These are infinitely more precious, more beautiful, more lasting, whether they be written with a pen as skilled as Ms. Walkers, or a kindergartener's crayon.