Where From

Where From

There was a sloped curb,
concrete not stone,
that was my home.
Its lines were not blue
like the lines on a page,
but straight enough
in the warp of curb world.

It gathered in its grooves and on
its lap, the wilt of cherry blossom,
and, in fall, the slug
of leaf pelt.

It held the backs of my legs,
when lonely, and the slap
of bare feet, when charged,
and when it rained, a small barge
of blossom or leaf might float
in its shallow, lit by the light
that breaks through low-
slung clouds,
like that light that shines
from the planes of stained cheeks
or the angles of bangs
pushed back–  It was that
kind of place.


draft poem for some day in April, for the Real Toads prompt by the wonderful Susie Clevenger to write of where one comes from.  I’m probably late returning comments; will do so soon.  Pic is by Diana Barco from my book of poems, Going on Somewhere (though this a new poem written for the prompt.)  

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9 Comments on “Where From”

  1. I really like how everything of that place is part of something larger.. the rain, the bangs pushed back.. do we build our homes or does the home build us?… maybe a little bit of borh

  2. whimsygizmo Says:

    Oh, this is just beautiful. Love this angle.

  3. LOVE the sound play and the way you describe the different ways in which curb held you. Very cool piece, K!

  4. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    It is amazing the details that spring to mind when one thinks about one’s childhood. The motif you chose is very strongly expressed throughout. I loved the poem.

  5. It seems it was a place of imagination, a place you called your own. My kingdom was an old abandoned car on our property. Thank you so much for writing for the prompt!

  6. Sanaa Rizvi Says:

    Love, love, love this k 😀

  7. Sherry Marr Says:

    Oh wow….one of your best. I loved every line.

  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    Wow! Magic doesn’t only happen in rural settings. 🙂

  9. hedgewitch Says:

    There is a spare but rich quality to this one , k–very vividly drawn with only the most necessary lines(indeed, very fitting of the illustration.) It made me think of a few curbs of my own, when the ground was so much closer.

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