[…] she was standing there,
pouting childishly at the words
aligned in front of her
like some tiny little soldiers
(you know – those plastic figurines
frozen in all sort of battle positions…)
and she was trying to make them fit
in the cherry-flavored muffin patty pan
that she was holding.

to no avail though…

she kept lashing those poor meanings
to force them into pattern –
“bad, bad, bad haiku!” –
as if they were a pet
and she – their owner.

but she wasn’t able to see
the harmonics of words
spreading all over the place,
resonating in octaves,
and fifths, and fourths,
and fixing their roots
into the very marrow of god.

words pitied her and her blindness,
and after a while they tried to kiss her fingertips,
hoping to open her
to the infinity beyond her walls.

one word even sat on her shoulder,
caressing her cheek with a dove-ish touch
but all that it encountered
was ice.

eventually, words gave up their hope,
and they cut their limbs
and shoved themselves into the form,

she smiled to the small poem in front of her
“there, i did it!!”

but in the same second
her smile vanished,
because the poem, now made of limbless words,
was dead…[…]


from “The hidden well”, audio version here

– Liliana Negoi

© 2015, poem, Liliana Negoi, All rights reserved


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

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