Monday, November 24, 2014

Why Do You Write Sad Poems?


Why do you write sad poems?

Defensive answer: I don't ONLY write sad poems. Did you see the one about how happiness comes hopping? Or the one about saying gross things at the dinner table? Funny stuff.  Seriously funny. Not sad. Not sad at all.

Self-conscious answer: Oh, no. That didn't make YOU sad, did it?  I'm so sorry. It's just that. . . no, seriously, I'm really really sorry.

Have had a lot of years to think about it answer: It makes me feel better. Seriously.

No Way

In a swirl of nothing
Saturday
lay
inhaling hours
of in between.
What mood is this?
Lost? Collapsed?
Left out? Just tired?
Leftover scraps
of expectation
now outgrown.
Of disappointments
overblown.
Speech bubbles
of stifled screams.
Drifting clouds.
Unticketed dreams.

Writing a poem is a way to tuck sad feelings in, kiss them on the forehead, and turn the klieg lights out on them.






3 comments:

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

This is so true, so honest. I can't wait to see you again, Sara. "Unticketed dreams..." Wow. xo

sara holbrook said...

Thnaks Amy. Sorry we didn't get to spend more time together at NCTE. IRA?

Charles Waters said...

Excellent description of what writing a poem does to a person. Your poem ain't half bad either. ;-)