LCW (27.03.73 / Northumberland, England)

Why We Tell Stories

For Linda Foster

Because we used to have leaves
and on damp days
our muscles feel a tug,
painful now, from when roots
pulled us into the ground

and because our children believe
they can fly, an instinct retained
from when the bones in our arms
were shaped like zithers and broke
neatly under their feathers

and because before we had lungs
we knew how far it was to the bottom
as we floated open-eyed
like painted scarves through the scenery
of dreams, and because we awakened

and learned to speak

We sat by the fire in our caves,
and because we were poor, we made up a tale
about a treasure mountain
that would open only for us

and because we were always defeated,
we invented impossible riddles
only we could solve,
monsters only we could kill,
women who could love no one else
and because we had survived
sisters and brothers, daughters and sons,
we discovered bones that rose
from the dark earth and sang
as white birds in the trees

Because the story of our life
becomes our life

Because each of us tells
the same story
but tells it differently

and none of us tells it
the same way twice

Because grandmothers looking like spiders
want to enchant the children
and grandfathers need to convince us
what happened happened because of them

and though we listen only
haphazardly, with one ear,
we will begin our story
with the word and

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Comments (7)

Lisa, I came here by mistake one day, and found to my delight a lucky star shining bright. It has brightened up my day and night. So my mistake became a very lucky one. It found me a gem at the end of my computer screen. A soul mate of sorts, I think you know what I mean. Beautiful sentiment that is well expressed. Top Marks from me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts my friend. David
i liked it: -) a poem did this poet share that brought a smile 2 me bcuz it remided me 2 never stop writing poetry! wow.. ive read so many of your poems.. i think ive adapted 2 your writing style.. again is say.. KEEP WRITING! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! : -)
what a sweet poem! so glad you shared all your poetry! love starr
And thankyou for sharing your poetry life with us, take good care, Love Duncan X
.. Oh, I do enjoy 'Rhythm & Rhyme' Poetry! And Lisa, you write it so eloquently..! This poem is delightful. The non-convoluted thoughts written in unobstructed english ensures a smooth and easy read. You poetically express well! Another 10 for you! Deanna xx ..
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