A Long Way from Home

It seems I’ve forgot
the science of poetry,
fallen out of step with it’s
rhythms and sundry metrics.
Ever more frequently I’m become
clingy to dictionaries and thesauri
convinced I’m bereft of even
minor right words for even
the lesser lines.

Time has lied regularly lately
saying he’s on his way.
Write when I get there, he says.
I’ll give you plenty space
to record your powerful thoughts.

Somewhere along my way,
Time
has taken over my home
denying and permitting my
residency at his discretion.
Like anybody else seduced by
the lie that there would one day come
Time Enough, I stayed my return
and allowed my busyness to keep me
from pen and pad to rest my
‘powerful thoughts’ that used to be
my primary home, no matter what.

Back here, today, though
after so long
so far away,
I slip easily into the welcome
remembered familiarity
and something more…
I understand,
my poetry has missed me too.

© 2013 by Shari Lynne Smothers

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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