Healing Poems 393

Integrating the Shadow

I was a bird in the hand of God.

I was two in the bush,

the yin to my own yang, yang to yin,
drinking gin on the porch at midnight,
or otherwise drinking tea—you see

how it is—Bach on Tuesdays—Thursdays
acid rock, tie-dyed t-shirts and jeans.
Mornings I fed the needy and blessed
their souls with sticky kisses.
I sang to them and lotioned their feet
with lilac cream and peppermint oil,
humbled by their poverty, inspired
by the way they got out of bed
without cigarettes or coffee.
Afternoons I cursed their lazy
asses and stepped over them
in the streets on my way to the pub
seeking a little warmth or a quiet corner
in which to ponder the implication
of lips on brass, to dance, unmolested,
with my own shadow, which was my worst
enemy, and, conspicuously, my only friend.

I was a bird in the hand of God.

I was two in the bush.

I was a pair of white pants in a drive-by
puddle splash, a drunk with beer down
the front of my shirt. I was ketchup
on my own sleeve, a rash on an otherwise
clear face, a tainted, defiled disaster,
stained by life, soiled and damn near effaced
by that often unrecognizable prankster,
my troublemaker, my doppelganger,
that saucy vamp, grace.

~ Melissa Studdard

3 thoughts on “Healing Poems 393

    • Hi,

      I can’t take the credit as the poems titled Healing Poems are all written by someone else, usually a poet who has published their works. Poems that I have written are titled under My Poems, you can find those in the categories section on my blog, on the right side of the screen. Sorry for confusing you there. I do tend to do that as well as the healing quotes that I use, none of them are mine, just picked out by me. Thanks so much for coming here and reading and participating. That means so much to me. 🙂

      Good and healing thoughts to you.

      Kate

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