Welcome to Shards of Silver

Marianne Moore once defined 'poetry' as "Imaginary gardens with real toads in them". I found this such a striking definition of something that captures the values of poetry that I couldn't leave it alone.

I've been writing - attempting - poetry since I knew how to hold a pen(cil). Some poems I write I like, most I don't, but every now and then I feel compelled to write them down, like a flush of emotion that demands access to some sort of visible medium that can later be accessed and reconsidered. I thought, maybe, that sharing these poems could help me out a little. I welcome critiques, critical and constructive (though I do, of course reserve the right to ignore the sharper sides of people's tongues ;) ), and hope that in return for your help I can leave you with something better than sorry attempts at a craft which only a tiny few have ever really mastered.

Clear Skies~V

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Marionette

The sun fell down a flight of stairs
and somehow broke the moon,
A train derailed itself today
and ran far and long astray.

I wish there was a button
that I could push for help,
'cos I'm not sure what stage I'm on
or if it's even my line.
Everything's gone skiddledee,
and nothing makes sense.
One screams at me to be away
and yet to be a smile,
Two say wait it out
and wait and wait a while.

I know it's not my place to try
or even my place to be,
But I'd like to put the sun back now
And help rebuild those tracks.
So tired of these woods I'm in
not knowing what I might do.
Just wish I had the words to say
and explain me right and true
That either of you broken
Means I'm broken too.

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