My name is Leah. I live and write in Wellington, New Zealand. Welcome!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday Poem: 'Carnation Days'

There is a plastic flower you keep -
blood & cream -
resting in an empty vase
for days like these,
where the blankets stay on
and the blinds remain closed.

It balances the room
a point of bright meditation
for your fearful days,
just so,
until you open the curtains
and the light through the vase
fractures the stem into
a hundred jagged pieces
and you put it back into
the drawer
and make breakfast,
even though it’s noon.

- Leah McMenamin

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Leah,
    This is a poem which seems to fit the mood of a few people right the depths of winter but it has a wonderful point of hope when you open the curtains and the light comes in...and what lovely real carnations in contrast to the fake ones. Thanks for posting this.