I’ve been dealing with a nasty bout of the flu and an ear infection, both of which have laid me lower than I expected. During the worst of it, I didn’t write anything except a sad, rambling jumble about how much my ear hurt and how sick I was of not being able to hear well out of it (that’s still the case, but I’m hoping antibiotics will fix that).
I don’t normally talk about my health, but I’m grateful to have the energy and desire to write and post again. Here’s a poem I wrote some weeks ago that I rediscovered and thought I’d share.
The Girl at the End of the Tunnel
The girl at the end of the tunnel is untogether.
This surprises me—I thought better of her family
than sending her out into the suburban wilds like this,
pieces of her body and mind spread thin in the dirt
at the tunnel’s entrance, the same place I first dug
out stones to place on the hearthstone of memory,
but I can’t trust my memory—it’s a thread given
to frequent tangles and knots that no one can figure
out, not even the blessed sailor home from three weeks
at sea, desperate for a glimpse of his daughter who
in another life will be the girl at the end of the tunnel,
and his heart will break as he calls her name into the wind.
I like this one a lot. I was going to submit it to some journals, but when I looked over the market, I said (not for the first time), “I’m tired of submitting poetry. I’ll just share this here.” I understand that, for most journals, this work is now considered published, and I’m okay with that. I spent most of last year submitting pieces, and I was successful in landing quite a few…but publication isn’t the goal. Sharing my work is, and it’s so much easier to hop on WordPress and post a work than it is to research a market and submit my writing. Still, it isn’t laziness that draws me to post my work on the blog. It’s the sense that people are reading my work (more, I daresay, than read it in publications).
I’m sure I’ll get back to submitting soon enough. Perhaps over the summer when school’s out and I have more energy. In the meantime, I’ll share recent work here. Thanks for reading.