Circus, Budapest, 19 May 1920 Andre Kersetz


I peeped on one leg
through the hole at the head
of my life
pressing my face to the knots
of future’s would,
as if to squeeze through an eye
and with it drag
a soul,
thinking my “I” a needle
and the fabric of the world something it could pierce
and then re-piece —

It would have been better,
I realized somewhat later,
simply to stand on two feet, forgo
the eyestrain.

Poem of sorts inspired by Kerry O’ Connor’s photographic prompt (the photograph above) on RealToads.

I have two new children’s books out, which I should devote a whole post to–they are Melanie’s Twinkle and Good Light Room.  They are both (I think) pretty cute and I am very proud of them.  Check them out!  Get one!




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15 Comments on “Peephole”

  1. Vivian Zems Says:

    Very good imagery here. Love the “I”- “eye’ needle reference. And piercing the fabric of the world….. Then you left me on a cliffhanger. Back to earth… and I enjoyed the ride! 🙂 🙂

  2. Love that I/eye needle image. Very witty.

  3. oldegg Says:

    I loved the expression “thinking my “I” a needle”, where as children we were scoffing up experiences as fast as we could, building up points to make us real people in the world. I am so glad I did!
    (So pleased you have two new childrens books published.)

  4. Sanaa Rizvi Says:

    ‘thinking my “I” a needle and the fabric of the world something it could pierce and then re-piece’… this is brilliant!

  5. Kerry Says:

    What an amazing analogy, Karin. It is always good to read your words, Hard to remain focused these days, the eye (I) strain does get to one.

  6. Oh yes.. the I and the needle… Maybe going into the future is best achieved by being solid in the now… two legs rather than one leg…

    Had to say I thought of the needle’s eye a bit, but more in reference to being a camel.

  7. hypercryptical Says:

    Love your word play and clever analogy.
    Sometimes we make our lives too difficult, overthink things – but I guess that makes us human.
    Standing on two feet is definitely better than one.
    Anna :o]

  8. kanzensakura Says:

    I loved your play on words in this. And yes, standing on two legs is mos def better than one!

  9. belle jars Says:

    Excellent closing. I also really like these:

    “pressing my face to the knots
    of future’s would”

    “thinking my ‘I’ a needle
    and the fabric of the world something it could pierce
    and then re-piece”

  10. Oh, yes, I’m with you with your ending. I certainly have failed at being a needle in “peacing” things together.

  11. helen dehner Says:

    ~~ ‘re-piece’ …. if only.

  12. Jim Says:

    Congratulations, K. This books sound great, I know the illustrations are to die for. I believe your fellow would do better still with two knot holes.

  13. Brendan Says:

    Ha, ain’t that the truth. Why bother indeed, when is just another No … I’ll sign on with that. Great to read you here, and congrats on the two books. Hope you’ve been well.

  14. It’s good to know you’re still there, writing beautifully, as ever. 🙂

    Greetings from London.

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