Against The Grain


Woodwork (Photo credit: Giant Ginkgo)

We’re cut against the grain
If our lives were woodwork
We would be
A strange and dubious artistry
We couldn’t quite explain
We lived to be our parents’ bane
We’re cut against the grain

We strive to make our mark
For fame and fortune
We were bound
But blind to something else we found
We’re swimming in the dark
Fire from a simple spark
We strive to make our mark

Neither perfect nor polite
Like moths to flames
We longed to be
The talk of all society
A masked ball’s chief delight
Is what is done deep in the night
Neither perfect nor polite

We’re cut against the grain
All angles sharp
And half aligned
Never seen and not maligned
We feast on our remains
Hid now by dark curtains
We’re cut against the grain

(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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19 Responses to Against The Grain

  1. howanxious says:

    Brilliant! I have no other words. I so admire your writing. 🙂

  2. Brian Hughes says:

    “We would be a strange and dubious artistry…” Or in my case, just a strange and dubious artist.

  3. Really love this, Sis. I have to agree….I really admire your writing, as well. 🙂 xxxx

  4. sknicholls says:

    I know I am one of those…and I think you may be also 🙂

  5. This is perfect! Great job!

  6. Reblogged this on When I Became an Author and commented:
    Now many have heard the song ‘Against the Grain’ by Garth Brooks, (one of my personal favorites) but this poem is the next best thing!

  7. ioniamartin says:

    Shivery and haunting, with so much truth.

  8. fibee5 says:

    lovely words but just as a heads up i think i found a tiny typo

    We strive to mark our mark

    I think you meant ‘make’ as that’s what you wrote in the repeat of the line. Hope you don’t mind me pointing it out.

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