Written for:  Sunday Muse #175

We are marked
like bark.  Scratched
and scarred by life.  Our
bodies crack, hollows form
in our trunks.  We grow
flimsy branch hair,
where dancing blackbirds
flit in and out, building
their nests, as we are
incapable of building our own.

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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30 Responses to Marked

  1. Helen Dehner says:

    This is wonderful. Sara! The first line deftly leading the reader into the ‘story.’

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  2. So eloquent… and so true…

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  3. wyndolynne says:

    This tells a magnificent story.

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  4. Beautiful. Those last lines are amazing

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  5. Carrie V. H. says:

    That last line is powerful Sara!

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  6. Truedessa says:

    I like where you went and the last line is the punch of the poem.

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  7. Sunita Prasad says:

    Your poem fills the prompt perfectly, Sara.

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  8. robtkistner says:

    Such a fascinating perspective Sara — love it!

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  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    A beautiful write!

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  10. qbit says:

    “We are marked / like bark.” Oooh!

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  11. Susie Clevenger says:

    Life…It does scratch and scar us. Love your interpretation of the image.

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  12. Jim says:

    Yes, Sara, scary, those marks and scars often we often can use as reminders.
    Sometimes I review mine, others come to mind on their own.

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  13. writingwhatnots says:

    Great take on the prompt – marked by life indeed.

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