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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Redistribution of Memory




Redistribution of Memory

In the warmth of amniotic reverie, in trusted darkness, lessons were chosen.
An unbreakable thread linking decades of moment’s unconscious;
chance, destiny, fate-
did you ask, did I give permission?

There are lips and mouths and hands, there is separation frozen in expression.
Chemistry blackens time; laughter, mockery-
crying wolf at the door.

I see, I watch, I awaken; stolen flesh in prescription.
Contracts fulfilled, hearts broken-
questions unanswered become armor.

Dismantling/redistribution of memory; recall banished.

Indra’s net shines facets unseen,
the cape of fear is dropped-
gravity emerges in weightlessness.
Tectonic plates reveal groundless wonder-
and now, beauty,
and now, embodiment.

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17 comments:

  1. what a journey in this...its like a cascade of feeling without every addressing them directly...the questions unanswered becoming armor is a cool line...the dismantling of memory and redistribution as well is a strong point...nice that is where you chose to take your title from as well...

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    1. Thanks Brian...feels good to be back at this venue. It's about sexual abuse and assault and you're correct in that I did not want to address the specifics. And yet, give history and some semblance of (finally) understanding and healing and forgiveness - mostly to that little girl and the young woman. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. some beautiful images in this... the cape of fear is dropped-
    gravity emerges in weightlessness.
    Tectonic plates reveal groundless wonder... plays cool together with the pic as well... the journey to embodiment.... really cool weave..

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    1. Thanks Claudia-poems are often gifts that are given to me, as this one was. After a lot of inner processing about my experiences with abuse when a small child and assault as a young woman my creative self yelled for attention and a container. I'm grateful for this venue and how I see the importance of writing as a vehicle to and for freedom.

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  3. Your title really got me into this - just perfect, and intriguing. Wonderful kaleidoscope of images, related, but only by the shake of the hand, then bringing them back into order. Wonderful writing. Stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much. This is a poem of healing/remembering vague memories of sexual abuse as a very young child and sexualt assault as a young woman. The process called out for me to create a container so I could set it free....not as a victim or even a survivor. I'm grateful for poetry. Thanks again!

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  4. I think sometimes poetry expresses emotion that we cannot speak of. I am glad you wrote this and shared it - bw

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  5. Your poem has so many interesting and intriguing images. Stanza 3 and the one line 4th stand out for me. I love your use of "Indra's net" - a metaphor so full of meaning and mystery.

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  6. This poem can be read and re-read and so many new layers can be found.. and I agree with Ron that's probably Indra's net... and at the bottom the abuse.. chilling.

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  7. Such beauty and depth in words so carefully chosen, accompanied by the perfect image. Mary, thank you so much for this...

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  8. At first I felt myself dragged by motion, by realities harsh and unyielding. But as the poem progressed, I felt myself ease and accept. The motion becoming a ride, a swaying motion like being back in the womb.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I appreciate you sharing your experience of the poem.
      Pretty accurate, actually. my intention was a healing.

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  9. "questions unanswered become armor." and then beauty and embodiment. "recall banished" Powerful. Rave on!

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    1. Thank you for visiting Mary and your kind words.

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