I Tell Myself

Written for:  Red Wolf Poems, We Wordle #33

In addition to using the words above in your poem, you are further urged to write in the manner of an interior monologue contemplating the nature of existence. A meditation. An argument with God. Whatever gets your goose. You can draw inspiration from nature and be as desultory as you like (like skipping stones over water) but the overall subject is a deep contemplation of life.

Words:  shallowness, slope, stillness, tobacco, moody, sacred, time, fading, mandala

A small bird
of black and white splashes
in shallow water, breaking
the sacred stillness
of morning. How carefree
birds must be, but they too
have food to gather,
and enemies to watch out
for. They have no time
or inclination to taste
tobacco, or to meditate
on life’s meaning in front
of a mandala.

A pink dahlia,
vibrant in sloping
sunlight, with pockets
like honeycomb.
What perfection of form
and hue. In time, though,
winter arrives, and dahlias
fade like the color
of parchment on cheeks
of elderly people.
They do not live forever,

Better to enjoy nature’s
beauty, savor it–the scent
of each flower, the sounds
made by an assortment of
animals–and not be
moodily wishing your life
away, thinking of what else
you might have been.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to I Tell Myself

  1. Irene says:

    The second stanza resonates with me the most.


  2. I love so much about this poem especially that you moved from the mandala into the dahlia…that transition was a beautiful one in the mind’s eye!! The entirety holds such meaning and delivers a great truth. ♥ Beautiful work, Sara!

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