Your Life

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A little attempt at poetry. Inspired by a friend who honored her life’s journey despite pressure to comply.

Your Life

Squat on the floorboards
And let your life surge out of you
Hot, sticky, and wailing for attention
Red fisted fingers raised with demands

Your life wants you undivided
In tree forts and toeshoes
Clarinet howling at the mounting moon
Gyrating disgracefully to an untamed song

Be luminous, scraped and scarred
In mud and blood and bright green glitter
She wants shameless love to burn her
Brand her with its valor

She will seethe and storm and slam doors
Strand you with your reasons
Forsake your obligations
And fearsome insecurities

Your life would rather be held against a raw heart
With all the ache and passion and mess there
Than sit cross-legged in some therapist’s chair
Wondering why her soul is barren
Why she won’t squat on the floorboards
And bring her life to birth.

134 thoughts on “Your Life

  1. Phil Ryan says:

    As has been mentioned, the clarinet howling at the mounting moon is genius and that it was inspired by your brother blowing his trumpet, something your modesty doesn’t allow you to do, just adds layers to the piece and the poet. Thanks D.

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  2. Tina Frisco says:

    My favorite line: “Gyrating disgracefully to an untamed song.” That describes my life! How DID you know… πŸ™‚

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  3. elizabeth stokkebye says:

    Love it ❀ And thanks for the follow!

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  4. Aquileana says:

    “Your life would rather be held against a raw heart
    With all the ache and passion and mess there
    Than sit cross-legged in some therapist’s chair
    Wondering why her soul is barren”…

    Loved those verses from the last stanza. Powerful poem!. Truly liked it… “better that we should die on our feet rather than live on our knees”, As a leader from the Mexican Rebellion would have said. I think it was Emiliano Zapata FYI. thanks for sharing… all my best wishes. Aquileana πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks so much for reading Aquileana πŸ™‚ Yes, and fortunately following the joy rarely requires our death. Perhaps a little embarrasment and a few aches, but the risk is worth it. Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful ❀

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  5. A lovely tribute, Diana. And I loved the clarinet howling at the moon. πŸ™‚

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  6. A great friend you are to further honor her life’s journey…and, so invigorously!

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  7. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Powerful and accomplished. Why won’t she squat on the floorboards, indeed! Conformity cares less about passion and intuition. Enjoy the sunny days, Diana:-)

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  8. Our life definitely deserves our individual attention.

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  9. Interesting perspective. Very powerful visuals. Nicely done. ☺

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  10. Powerful word artistry! You, my dear, are a poet extraordinaire! ❀️

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  11. Something to be said for imagery. It must have affected my subconscious, because throughout the day, somewhat randomly I’m reminded of this poem when I’m thinking of how powerful it is to be engaged with my current emotions. And I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you publicly, Diana for sharing your gift with us. As a recent convert to reading fiction I often prefer to go to your books rather than to my usual forms of entertainment, and with a new expectation that I’ll be better afterwards.

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Frank. I think there is great freedom and power in our ability to express our identities and let go of “how we’re supposed to be.” And though opening our lives to authentic experiences can be painful at times, love and a little wild joy makes up for it.

      I’m glad you’re reading some fiction! George R.R. Martin has a great quote: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Have a great week, my friend. πŸ™‚

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  12. balroop2013 says:

    Oh!! I came here so late! My apologies for that…I who have always found a streak of poetry in your prose… arriving so late is a shame. Well there must be a reason.
    Diana, this is profoundly passionate…very well-written. Keep it up. I definitely see a poet hidden in those Dragons and stories you create! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend.

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    • No apologies necessary. Blogging is a busy business and it’s hard enough to catch every post, let alone do it on a timely basis. Thanks so much for the sweet comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my poem! Have a wonderful week.

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  13. Heartafire says:

    Your writing is amazing always from the heart…and the gut! Wonderful!

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  14. dgkaye says:

    I’d call this more than an attempt πŸ™‚ No doubt your eloquence with words is fitting for poetry. ❀

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  15. Diana… that was downright magnificent! As someone with no talent for poetry at all, I’m most impressed, but even if I were an expert, I am sure I’d still be impressed. Mega hugs!

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  16. Wow. If that’s your “little attempt”…kudos to you, Diana. There is a major poet hiding (or not) in you. ❀️

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  17. Widdershins says:

    Words that cut to the truth of the matter! πŸ˜€

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  18. What a magnificent, powerful poem. Yes to grabbing life, I loved it. I’d say for sure…you are a poet!

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  19. Well done, Diana! Powerful and poignant to this mother of a teenaged daughter. Still weathering the storms πŸ™‚

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    • Teenage daughters will do that! The struggle for authenticity is intense, and the risk taking can drive a parent to craft beer! Thanks for the visit, Julie. Happy gardening, parenting and editing (you are one busy lady!) πŸ™‚

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  20. Great poem, Diana. I’m not able to gyrate much these days, but I’ve found I have to meet life head on. It usually works out that way. I try to keep the fun in it. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • I can’t gyrate anymore either, Suzanne. Ha ha. But you are so right about meeting life head on – a great way to put it! Hope you find some love and smiles in your weekend despite the state of the world ❀

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  21. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, this is an amazing poem packed with strong imagery. Raw, full of heat and the search for fulfilment in such a different place. I especially liked: ‘Clarinet howling at the mounting moon/ Gyrating disgracefully to an untamed song.’

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  22. My goodness, that is so powerful and evocative, Diana.

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  23. Sue Vincent says:

    Powerful and beautiful, Diana.

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  24. reocochran says:

    Oh, Diana! Yes, to independent opinions, expressions and bravery! Never settling for mediocrity or silent, unexpressed thoughts. This was an awesome dynamic poem. Leave it to you to bring me to my feet and say, “Bravo!”

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    • Thanks, Robin πŸ™‚ I’m so glad it spoke to you. I think we craft our lives and taking risks is part of that even though at times it hurts. Have a lovely weekend, my friend ❀

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      • reocochran says:

        We are in charge of part of our life, sometimes other parts are out of our realm of possibility. Being realistic has been a challenge to this “dreamer!”

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        • Yeah, our dreams don’t always come true, and facing life head on doesn’t guarantee success. We’ll be hurt and disappointed, but at least we will have lived with everything we’ve got to give πŸ™‚

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          • reocochran says:

            This is a valid point to remember, that what we attempt to accomplish is much better than living inside our heads and not even trying!
            I came back to tell you, here, the tree branches and the way they surround each blog post are amazing, Diana. A wonderful way to accentuate the natural forces you incorporate in your writing as well as the wildness sometimes found in the action plots! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  25. Izrael says:

    Beautiful poetry. I think it resonates with me well. πŸ™‚

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  26. I’ve always said you have a way with words, and this prose is no exception. I can’t wait to read your new book!

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  27. This is so wonderful, D! ❀️

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  28. Steven Baird says:

    It’s amazing writing, Diana. Very powerful. I knew there poetry in you… it’s noticeable in your prose. πŸ™‚

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  29. I am not a poet, I have written some poems but this one was fantastic. I loved it. :o)

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  30. Al Lane says:

    Such a wonderful poem. I really am becoming quite a fan! πŸ™‚

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  31. I’m not always good about commenting but I wanted you to know how much I liked this. Very much!

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  32. ~M says:

    I love this D! Oh you should write poetry more often… simply amazing!

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  33. Kev says:

    Nice. 😊

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  34. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    “Your life would rather be held against a raw heart
    With all the ache and passion and mess there
    Than sit cross-legged in some therapist’s chair”

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  35. Damn! Those last lines are like a punch to the heart.

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  36. Sue Ranscht says:

    And I can feel the torment of each. Well done, Diana!

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    • Thanks for the visit, Sue. I think if we want to live an authentic life full of passion, we have to open our hearts. That’s sometimes painful, but if we are also paying attention, it makes room for plenty of wonderful πŸ™‚

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      • Sue Ranscht says:

        I can’t help but wonder — does the love between the “you” and “she” open up to wonderful or does their pain and anguish cut deeper for the bond between them than what you and I can feel in all our authenticity and passion? Do such choices leave a scar that forces them further apart than either of them might wish?

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        • Good questions, Sue. I think our lives (the “she”) want to live authentically and to the fullest, rather than play it safe. Love and happiness require risk, which means, to me, that occasionally there will also be pain and we accept that pain as part of an authentic life. So the “she” is the life inside us that battles against conformity, refusing to bend to the will of others. In this case, the scars are the badges of a life lived well. That’s what I was thinking as I wrote this, anyway. Ha ha. Have a lovely weekend, my friend. ❀

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  37. This is amazing and I love the ending! Always passionate!

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  38. You’re quite talented, Diana. This is wonderful.

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  39. Bernadette says:

    Every Mom should remember that last line. Wonderfully written my friend.

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    • Thanks Bernadette. I think we all are faced at times with choices where we are going to disappoint someone(s). They are painful and yet we have to make those choices anyway. Life is not easy but it can be wonderful. πŸ˜€

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  40. Elisabet says:

    Eloquent and powerful.

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  41. It’s a masterpiece, not a little attempt.

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  42. Antonia says:

    I bet your friend loves this. A wonderful and inspired poem Diana!

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  43. Aishwarya says:

    What a wonderful poem!!! Kudos to you. It’s very powerful and inspiring.

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  44. joannesisco says:

    “Be luminous, scraped and scarred … Your life would rather be held against a raw heart”.

    Very powerful words Diana. They talk to me this morning πŸ™‚

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  45. I think she’d be honoured herself by that. πŸ™‚

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