I have no children of my flesh
They live only in my words
To claim that this is just the same
Would truly be absurd
But without form and vocal chords
Their voices still are heard

I have no lover in my arms
Just themes caress a page
And for this poet’s players here
All life must be a stage
But words keep loyal company
And flee not as I age.

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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13 Responses to Words

  1. beautiful.
    if words are your children you are going through labor pain every day !

  2. This is an old poem of mine, from ’86.

    I could tell you of times
    poems split my skull
    the moment of conception
    or the hours I pace
    before real pain begins

    pushed from inside myself
    words come screaming
    in rivers of blood.
    My head hurts.

    You read my poetry and say
    it is not pretty. My children
    do not pose coyly,
    put their mouths up
    for kisses

    I birth hours in rooms
    without doors. You say
    my words frighten you.
    They should.

    Strong medicine
    can kill.

  3. wisejourney says:

    Like this…..rather poignant

  4. thegodspark says:

    This poem reminds me of Emily Dickinson, especially the last stanza. My favorite lines are:
    But without form and vocal chords
    Their voices still are heard

  5. Your maternity is manifest in your poetry.

  6. lawsonsotherdog says:

    you certainly know how to use words

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