Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Morning Reading: "her things should keep her marks"

Things Shouldn't Be So Hard 
- Kay Ryan

A life should leave
deep tracks:
ruts where she
went out and back
to get the mail
or move the hose
around the yard;
where she used to
stand before the sink,
a worn-out place;
beneath her hand
the china knobs
rubbed down to
white pastilles;
the switch she
used to feel for
in the dark
almost erased.
Her things should
keep her marks.
The passage
of a life should show;
it should abrade.
And when life stops,
a certain space—
however small—
should be left scarred
by the grand and
damaging parade.
Things shouldn't
be so hard.



Lou said...

Beautiful poem, beautiful woman.

Anonymous said...

Poignant, powerful imagery.

Thank you for this post.

the other L

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this Lisa.

Love to you,

martin alvarez said...

How honored that you thought of our mom...Thanks, Lisa!

Rebel Girl said...

I loved your mother, Martin. She made me feel so welcome. Thanks for sharing her.

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