Hello fellow poets
The challenge on day 2 is to write a poem based on a word featured in a tweet from Haggard Hawks, an account devoted to obscure and interesting English words. At the outset, I’m excited to discover this interesting Twitter account. The word I chose for myself is MUSSITATE , which means to mutter or to mumble. Since I’m doing a basic draft, here is a short poem whose title I’ll probably decide when I have a relook at it. Hope these few lines work for today. The image is of these yellowing shoots from my balcony garden, that seem to be murmuring to me in their last days.
three decades later
we still hold hands
my dermatitis infected itchy fingers
entwined in yours
i look at the blisters on my hands
you’re kind, i think
last night you drilled through my heart
and hammered the tacks in
i look at the crusty scales on my skin
breathing under a layer of salve
you rubbed this morning
have i ever hurt, you ask
the gaping hole in my heart has grown a callus
no, i mussitate
I wonder if you’ve heard of Bella Akhmadulina, a popular Russian poet who passed away in 2010. Her beautiful piece ‘Silence’ inspired the above lines.
This post is part of NAPOWRIMO 2022 Day 2.