Know No More

I have cut the plantain grove and know no more
what is to be done.

Potatoes? I must buy them in the market.
Rice spills from its bags. Rice must be bagged!

I have cut the plantain grove and
now there is no place
my sweat may drip shaded.

The green has turned to rust
that holds roots only, roots
that look like worms cut once too many,
the white worms that gather between the ribs
of the drowned then sodden ashore.

I have cut the plantain grove
and now there is no place
where we might meet,
no place to hang your ribbon, to shoulder
your dress;
there is only the rusted earth and
me with worms in my chest.

I have cut the plantain grove
for the soldiers are coming and
there is nowhere for your ribbon,
the shoulder of your dress,
only me here on this red earth
full of white worms.

I have cut my chest and lie like a worm.
And you, where are your shoulders?
And you, what ribbons
your dress?

The soldiers know how to walk
on rice, know how to line up
on potatoes; they don’t bother with forced marches,
on earth that is so soft
before trampled, so red before stained.

I have cut the plantain grove
and hide beneath
what was great and felled.

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This is a rather odd poem, written for an exercise (but it also seems to reflect my feelings about the dismal political climate.) I am posting for Toni’s prompt on Real Toads about the Void as it seems to fit that. Drawing, such as it is, is mine.

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3 Comments on “Know No More”

  1. Kerry Says:

    Karin, from your simple premise, you have built something quite monumental..the initial act becomes symbolic, the worms all-consuming as the march of war-mongers draws nearer. Your voice, as always, is superbly authentic.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thank so much, Kerry. Of course, authenticity of voice is exactly what one worries about with this type of piece. I do try to put myself in the place of the speaker as much as I can, but I worry that it will seem precious (or worse.) Thanks so much for your reading and time.

      k.

  2. kanzensakura Says:

    We have all of us cut something in this climate of change. We have all hidden and stepped carefully. Into the fullness of the circle comes emptiness, the reverse which you have written about so beautifully. Thank you for posting g to my prompt.


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