17 November 2007

Snail

I carry everything I used to be. It forms my skeleton. I carry each lumpen, misshaped pearl of mistake or grief or guilt or insult. Someone will be able to identify my body by them when I die. I carry the memory of our first kiss, just as tightly as I carry the rush of blood through my veins, a hot sound like a whisper. I carry all the songs we have sung, deep in my body; I carry the stars. I carry your memory with me like an old quilt, like a sack of stones to weigh me down, like an old limp from a broken bone that did not heal straight, like silence. I carry your past, too. I carried it that long night when you could not stand it, and I could never bear to put it down. When you are thirsty, I carry water.

4 comments:

Stacy said...

I think that I know how this feels.

deirdre said...

I'm so choked up I can't even find the words. This is beautiful.

paisley said...

very loving... this was beautiful....

Crafty Green Poet said...

this is so beautiful, so painful too