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Poetry by Shigé Clark

"Let the battered heart rejoice"

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Theme Week: Impressions – 3

KwC (Kite String)

He is my steady kite string,
Keeps me tethered to the earth.
Winds of sorrow or of mirth
Cannot pull me from his grip.
He will never let me slip,
But would never clip my wings.

– s. Clark

Theme Week: Impressions – 2

PtC (Lungs)

If he was my sunshine, then you are my moonlight
Lighting my way through the night
As you gleam.
You are what kept me from plunging to darkness
When the sun fell from the sky
With a scream.
If he was my song, then you are the music,
Playing on still, even though
I don’t sing.
The song left my lips, but I go on dancing,
Grateful that I can still hear
Anything.
You are the spine board that keeps me from breaking.
You are shock therapy
Deep in my brain.
You are the breath that lets me keep on living.
I’ve lost my heart,
But my lungs still remain.

– s. Clark

Theme Week: Impressions – 1

AjgC

He’s the pause before the punchline
Silence of a bated breath,
Stillness spread across the ocean
That belies its reaching depth

He’s a stone wall, standing stoic,
You can lean on him to stand
And, unmoving, he’ll support you,
Even if he’s set in sand

But there’s life within his waters,
And there’s light inside his stones
His quick wit will keep you tipping,
And there’s laughter in his bones

Just beyond his walls are wonders
That are worth the climb you brave
And you cannot know the sea until
You sink beneath the waves

– s. Clark

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