These are linked poems created week by week for a year, inspired by the book No Choice But To Follow, and the poets therein who did it first.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

September #2

Create Speak Surrender

Create the space
in the heart
for an incoming love.
Speak the words
that cement it all
in a small diamond ring.
Surrender to the machine
that is wedding and family
and the dress, above all.

Create the space
in the body
for an embryo.
Speak the idea
into silence
and mother's disapproval.
Surrender to the machine
that is pregnancy, baby,
and the pedestal of  motherhood.

Create the space
in the marriage
for two babies, and a breakdown.
Speak the words
that all is ill, broken,
the truth of neglect.
Surrender to the machine
that is divorce, aloneness,
and a sheaf of bills.

Twenty years later,
and the hard work,
the break, the regrowth
is done.
Creation is poetry.
Speaking is unnecessary.
Surrendering is time with grandchildren.
Making love is both easier
and harder,
the second time around.

— Helen Patrice

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