freja-beha-erichsen-arizona-muse-by-terry-richardson-designscenenet-02I used to say
O talk to me
open your maraschino mouth
pull the glazed words out
until they come undone
now I say
keep quiet
stay absent
I have found what I didn’t yet know
standing on the other side of rebuke
we forsake our blazing joy
under the suffocation of those
who demand all of us
and none of us
I spent a life time waiting
to stop hating myself
when the girl with the sparrow in her limbs
took me by the hand and bid me dance with her
entreat I may rinse my history in her cupped smile
held under chin like buttercup tells fortune to
gilded child, with her smoothness and her beguile
latching emptiness and filling it with stars
bursting over us like white flames caution the acrobat
to walk steadier in the marsh of emotion
I didn’t think I could start over, my chapter was
dulled by the passage of hands holding me back
she knew I could
when I lost my footsteps on the other side of rebuke
she picked me up, held me still until my heartbeat
slowed and the music filled me anew

0 Replies to “On the other side of rebuke”

  1. Oh the end. That makes my heart happy. Someone to hold you until your heart slows. Damn. That’s what everyone hopes for. You are a mistress of tapping emotion. You knock on the heart and then just kick the door in. Always such a pleasure to read you, I hope you know that.

    1. My friend you like love poetry and so do I, so we are suckers for the happy ending or at least, for hope, and there is nothing at all wrong with that! πŸ™‚ HUGS (kinda loved the kicking the door in bit, that ROCKED!)

      1. I had army boots in my day. Actually I still have them. Great juxtaposition against that lace. I imagined your poetry as that girl kicking down the door. And yes hope. Hope is beautiful.

        1. Maybe … but I really felt that reading this that you were that talented I really did I was astounded by the beauty of your writing here and I really wanted you to know that to encourage you to always write

          1. I will certainly keep writing. It is for me mostly but is especially sweet if I touch another person. So this means a lot to me. It’s been part of a healing process for me….😚

  2. Candice, you are consistently clever with your words, whether you are speaking of amorous acts or disillusion after being rebuked. Relationships are hard work and are journeys together. You will step on a few rocks along the way. Well done, my dear. Keith

      1. It was my pleasure reading you. So I decided to buy your first book through Amazon, looking forward to reading it. Ps. I’m in Canada and it’s telling me the wait time for your other books is one month?

        1. Firstly, thank you for buying one of my books. That’s odd about the wait-time, the first 4 books were published a while back they usually ship quicker than that, though I can’t say I’m familiar with the Canadian version of Amazon despite living in Ontario for a year I don’t think I ever used it there. I can try to find out. The only one not actually published yet is the fifth which is due out March 27 by FLP – that one you can only pre-order. LMK if you cannot find one and I can send you one directly myself πŸ™‚ (email: candicelouisa@rocketmail.com) THANK YOU for your support xo

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