Wednesday, December 16, 2015

            There are names for what binds us - Jane Hirshfield       

There are days that bind us.
We meet as one, but are many.
When we started out we were younger.
Our nails were stronger, our hair
fell down and dovetailed in to curves
matching a lighter weight.
The way a younger self holds firmer flesh,
small triumphs for tanned skin
baked proudly in the sun.
There's a name for the battle scars
doctors burn them from our skin
and as we age, gravity's the fear.

When seven women
meet in friendship over years
there may be wounds, a partner gone,
something proud inside one's chest.
But between us all there's only
the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

4th Draft  Copyright (c) 2015
Lunch with good friends today. It's a ritual to swap gifts, eat wonderful food and talk for five hours. Many thanks to our host Linda.


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Helen Hagemann, MBA(Wrtg) ECowan. Her first literary collection, Evangelyne & other poems, was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in their New Poets Series 2009. 'of Arc & Shadow' is her second full collection published by Sunline Press. She has two e-books, The Joyous Lake & Par écrit: poetry of the feminine @​​docs/joyous_lake/

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