Great Barrier

by Nicole D Gregory

I don’t want to waste paper
like I’m wasting my life
finding you

Traveling from one country
to the next
you found me
crumpled in a mesh wire
trash can

Crumpled linen can’t be
straightened out
There’s always that series
of creases
crushed in to the web
of fibers

Ask me
how I knew you were

There was a pit
in my soul
that emptied out
all hope

The happiness
I thought I found
was complete ~ and I was
ready to become a suburb

Not the soccer moms
I watch
pushing the carts through
strip mall suburbia
Trying not to be
that girl you
dined with last year
and flung all caution
to the wind

the Lenny Kravitz song
came on ~ and I pulled
the car over
and danced on the hood

Not for you

Not for who I am
trying to become

But to fight
the demons that
haunt me

So sing Lenny


Because I’m going
to dance
and people will see
and remember me

And you
you will die
Fighting all the
you’s ~ you
believe you are




Posted on 06/07/2009
Copyright © 2020 Nicole D Gregory

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 06/08/09 at 12:07 AM

hmm, this contains some very soul searching,heavy introspection....I like the way you have described it....but the last lines are haunting....are you fighting those "yous" who think you are nothing or are you one of those "yous"? please don't lose this "war"

Posted by Glenn Currier on 11/13/09 at 04:04 PM

Wow, what smashing images you use here. Being crumpled but still dancing, honoring the memory without being its slave. You capture the angst and beauty of relationship with this fine poem. Thanks.

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