my gorgeous sanity




life had once been defined by linears and absolutes,

.                                                                                             those




swatches of        time .


stacked like   esteemed leaders

in golds and blues


once, i’d been able to

drag them to the


of the living room,

fan them out like

beautiful tarot cards,

.                                        close my eyes,

choose some wonderful thing

at random.


then one morning the




but everything           was

.                                        dull,

gray like rain,

still as death,

and i was                 barren.


i ran to the closet

.                                   in the hall

tore past


board games

orange rain boots .


but they were already         gone

my gorgeous sanity


those delicate


of some life.


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19 responses to “my gorgeous sanity

  1. So sad…sounds like metaphors for depression or mental illness? Or maybe just something more simple like nostalgia? Beautifully written!

  2. Martha B

    I dig the depression zone. This, my friend, is excellent. I am a sucker for loss, and you painted a beautiful picture full of color and lack thereof. So glad I found you!

  3. And I was barren… wow that was a really dramatic phrase with perfect timing!

  4. Terrific poem! When I read this I saw someone looking through old photos and not being able to grasp the happy thoughts they once represented.

  5. I think it’s a beautiful poem.

  6. Very clever Nicole – I really liked it!

  7. “…then one morning the sun came up but everything was dull…” That works beautifully as a description of depression. This is a gorgeous poem. You’ve done a wonderful job.

  8. Wow. This is gorgeous and powerful and so awesomely structured! I love the way you’ve used punctuation in this poem. Actually, I love pretty much everything about it! 🙂

  9. Fabulous poem! I like the use of punctuation and bold words to add emphasis and play with the rhythm.

  10. I really dig the imagery in this piece. I enjoyed the contrast between the dull grayness of rain/stillness of death, and the image of tearing past the board games and the orange rain boots.

    P.S. I love the scary doll heads in your banner. I have a similar collection ; )

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