personal favorites / poetry collections… And Her Soul Out of Nothing by Olena Kalytiak Davis / poem & video

Olena Kalytiak Davis

And Her Soul Out of Nothing

 
 
 
from the collection:
 
 
“The Scaffolding Inside You”

Your thoughts have hung themselves from nails
like workshirts.

The sky has stopped
offering you reasons to live and your heart is the rock
you threw through each window
of what’s deserted you, so you turn
to the burnt out building inside you: the scaffolding
overhead, the fallen beams,
the unsound framework;

according to the blue that’s printed on the inside of your arms
you have no plans, no plans
uncovered, or uncovering: the offing is emptying,

the horizon empty

now that your sanity is
a tarp or a bedsheet
in the rough hands of the wind,

now that everything is hooded
in drop cloth.

It didn’t happen
overnight. Or maybe it did:

your heart, the rock;
your soul, the Gothic barn.

You’ve even started envying the flowers their stems.

Will the Norther let up?

Will the moon ever again be so full of itself
that that ragged barn will fill with light, through its tin-covered roof?

You should bury more than the dead.
You should try harder.
You should give up
 
 
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Video: Sincerely Ironic

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on April 18, 2012.

2 Responses to “personal favorites / poetry collections… And Her Soul Out of Nothing by Olena Kalytiak Davis / poem & video”

  1. “Your thoughts have hung themselves from nails like workshirts” – Hooked me! So vivid to think of a skeletal and spiritual scaffold holding up all we are. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Great line in an amazing book. Thanks for the read.

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