Saturday, June 19

What's It To Me?

Photo on 2012-09-19 at 20.00

My assigned topic for Wednesday's is joy: joy of Spirit, spiritual practice, life, art, work, love ... This week I explore the joy of growing old - Liberation!

What’s it to me?
A knotted and nasty old poet of introverted time
Wearing five-dollar sweats -
Like Raven*, I dress  in black on black,
My silver earrings tinkle softly in the winter breeze
What’s it to me?

A Madwoman, a Madonna, a Medusa
Traipsing neighborhood streets, city parks and country lanes
Nibbling dry salty nuts and glossy red apples
Sitting down on some wayward curb to sigh in wonder at
noisy birds and children, wizened old men, whiskered grandmothers
Dogs walking their humans by the side of the road
Feral cats scratching out a living of pigeon stuffed with stale bread

Muttering, muttering, whispering, watching, writing
Writing long poems and short about what it was to be us
through clocked days trapped in pointless, punctilious youth
Enjoying now the wild, gnarly randomness of life
and the music of our dusty blue souls jingling as we walk …
What’s it to me? What’s it to this so lately untamable me?

* Raven symbolizes wisdom and keeping/guarding ancestral wisdom

© 2013, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day), All rights reserved

Check out the March issue of

The BeZine, a publication of Beguine Again and The Bardo Group

Our topic for March was "Renewal."  The April issue is in preparation and we'll celebrate interNational Poetry Month. Please join us. Our pub date is April 15.

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