paper plane

Dressed in wordpaint
to infuse her underling underskin
Silky words fastened
for the slide away of illogical chapters
Thinking tissue glued
to a blueheart rattling in a rib cage
The healing tree sheds fresh paper for the rewording of her

She has been chastised
She has berated
She has clawed for softness within the vocabulary of life

Yesterday she rode her thoughts out of reach
Scars wept from eyes of green blue
Footprints of a solo gallop to the unknown

Yet ….
notations of optimism fill envelopes ready to post

At night her words come without composition
The gut howl of what she dares herself to say

Scrambling over a brood of adjectives and verbs
that were disguises hiding her most tender shy
the old dictionary fades that blunted her heart so

Tears come
And go
And wash
And debate

Misread for mixing up the emotional rights and wrongs
Introvert with the extrovert tail that wags if the cup be full
Exotic indulger tempting deep water for the sensual cleanse
Compassionate word mistress a match for any illuminati
Without discussion the smiles seek the stranded stranger

Then quiet without words
No answers
No questions

So very quiet

The fear of the dragging silence sucking breath from lungs
She bends in search of living air for words for a place at the table

Words of kindness wait to wrap around her
To nurture her in the drape of them
And walk her out of the musty daydream into the rapture of life

Lost in heartwords decorating the whimsy breezes of her mind
She folds a paper plane to fly when she will be lovely

© K S Hardy 2010

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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    You my darling are lovely…this I know first hand.

    This is full of self doubt, pain and longing.
    I feel your free falling

    And I have very strong arms to catch you.

    or we can fold each other into paper planes and fly the skies in search of adventures :)) xoxoxoxoxo

  • Flying around together looking for adventures….yes please. The idea of this made me want to leap in the air….too bad about my flat feet!
    Love you for being you and taking me into your heart….I am nestled in there and it is such a lovely place to be…sigh….lucky me…xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    There is something in the air…..I feel it within my lungs… mind misses the mark… heart races but it not knows where to… skin sweats….no point of focus…..and the silence is saying too much…..big hugs KarenSue. xoxo

  • Hello….we have our lovely moments and our not so lovely moments but at the end of the day it is all good me thinks….
    Good to know what makes us be who we are as well…..
    Thank you for your hugs….xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkover 4 years ago

    I love this, and I agree, you are lovely already. Beautiful words and imagery to take us away on paper planes. :-) xx

  • I smile when I think of just how awful I am at making paper planes….they never fly real good but fly they do …thank you for your lovely comments…xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 4 years ago

    exceptional write Sue!

  • Hi Ushna….thank you for reading this and your comment is so very much appreciated. xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldover 4 years ago

    May “The healing tree” flourish Karen, I hope your paper planes find their destinations and I truly hope they embrace their journeys x

  • Hi ya Matt
    Have been watering the healing tree ( just gotta keep the new puppy away from it now ;>o ) …And the paper planes fly and land at different times. The destination I figure is not so much my focus but just wanting to go and making an attempt and even if it is a wobbly flight pattern….still trying and getting lift off is what makes the healing tree gift more paper my way…
    Thanks for your words of encouragement…..very much appreciated xoxoxo

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • bearwings
    bearwingsover 4 years ago

    magic you, wordmistress… go fly your plane of illumination and be lovely, or perhaps you just did that…..very poignant

  • Hi there Trevor-bear…I am taking your advise and have been flying that plane in my dreams….Phew…what a marathon I had last night. It was a 3 part series of mystical beings, floods, saving a magical creature who was yet to be born and Oh the odd viking or two… And off course a time capsule big enough for a city …just the run of the mill kinda of flight ….. :O)) xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesover 4 years ago

    So much of this I can feel deeply in my heart. The images you make dance off the page are amazing. Those last two lines just pierced me xoxo

  • Hi Christie
    The fact you can feel this deeply in your heart…..really talks loudly to me and it says to me that you are indeed a kindred spirit of prose …..thank you for such a honest and heartfelt comment on this

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • DilettantO
    DilettantOover 4 years ago

    If I could use color the way you use words, I would be content and proud to call myself an artist. X

  • Hooley Dooley Owen …that is a really wonderful compliment you leave here for me …..Geeezz you make me blush you lovely man you :O) x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • umbra
    umbraover 4 years ago

    i have never been lovely….but even so the challenge is to climb the healing tree and set the paper plane free regardless….

  • Ahh erich we are all lovely….that is the point…..we are all lovely in our own unique lovely way…we just forget to connect to the lovely from time to time with the hills of life that stop us from seeing…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Obadiah-Qi
    Obadiah-Qiover 4 years ago

    Respectfully, your mind is gorgeous.

  • Hello… now you sure know how to make me feel rather wonderful..thank you..xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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