to the year of water off my back

I reached for my pen this morning
The silver one, heavy with cherry ink and ripe stories
And saw written on my palm
One word

I sat with hand open & eyes narrow
For I don’t recall writing it
It doesn’t fall easily from my pen
Or my wary mouth

It’s a word of hope and trust
But I’m a woman prepared for war
And I can’t quite work out
How it found its way into my clenched fist

And when I see the pen cap
Lying next to your pillow
I know you’ve written me a wish
For the coming year.

I’ll whisper it to myself
Until I’m brave enough to say it
Out loud

And lay my weapons down.

YES

© belllmusker 2009

to the year of water off my back

bellmusker

Melbourne, Australia

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My spine is extremely straight, and I tend to hiss.

Gets kinda tiring.

For Lisa & Jess, who deflect my arrows with love and humour, and who gave me the resolution for 2009:
Be like the duck, and rethink the crumpets

If I do learn not to fire up so easily, can I skip the crumpet part?!

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