Friday, January 12, 2007

poetry thursday

this week's theme was to work on a cliche. i chose "take a walk in the other man's shoes" and used it to sort through my grief for a mother who was murdered in her new orleans home january fourth.

helen hill

with the news of your death
my compassion dissolved
into a thin membrane
translucent and vulnerable
i felt around my heart
for your murderer's shoes
so i could slip them on
in the darkness i could not
make out the color or size
but i can tell you, dear helen,
that hours after francis became
a motherless child,
the shoes remain warm

5 comments:

Regina Clare Jane said...

A very brave poem, I would say- the murderer's
shoes remain warm, as Helen's does not...

Susie said...

I have goosebumps, that is lovely.

Poet with a Day Job said...

Very nice poem - good to see you here on PT, looking forward to reading more in the future!

Also, looking forward to hearing mroe about the "live sustainably" part too...

twilightspider said...

This is simple, powerful, beautiful.

Jon said...

A very powerful and moving poem. Thanks for sharing it.