Saturday, October 16, 2010

Magpie Tales 36

Light is Reversible and I Wear It—

inside out
snug about me
a compression bandage
that heals the anxious pricking;
nervous needles of daylight—

people I don’t even know
that pass me
that press me
that push me to the brink.

Day is my hell—
my holy hell.
I am safest with it
under my surveillance
at a distance.

©2010 Michael A. Wells


Julie Jordan Scott said...

So much emotion, so ripe here.

It felt almost like I was at the zoo, looking in.. whispering, "really? Is it really like that for this... person?"

(In other words, well done!)

My better late than never Magpie.

Erratic Thoughts said...

at a distance" hmmm...I think I am doing it all the time...It keeps you out of trouble many times...

Brilliant piece...

Berowne said...

"L'enfer c'est les autres."

kathi harris said...

I know...ppl do drive me crazzzzzy smtimes.

Kristen Haskell said...

Oh boy there are days I feel exactly like that. Well expressed, your words. We are Magpie neighbors I live in the SW part of MO.

Brian Miller said...

ha. like the compression bandage and your closing line...very nice...too many people and i am right there...nice mag!

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Reflections said...

Survelliance at a distance.... something many do without giving it a second thought...

Nicely done.

Mrs.Trellis said...

Very much better than the typical blog offering.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

keep it coming!

Unknown said...

Is this a social crisis or you getting burned by the sun?

either way, tricky day

Tess Kincaid said...

What a fabulous opening line. I love the notion of wearing light inside out. I think this one is my favorite of yours, to date, Michael.

joanna said...

Interesting take and very emotive expression in this brief poem and good use of descriptive in a tight write for magpie

compression bandage - pass, press push, surveillance.