02 April 2016

Family Portrait*

The she-saids and he-saids
clouded ears and atmospheres
every day over years 
With each gulp the child grew
them a place and embraced
their spirit and sense of grace.
And we meet them each time
it offers and proffers
solutions to horrors.

Who is it, he and she,
who reside deep inside
impressions amplified? 
How can they learn to ease
old relationships’ tension
so ideas are undone?

Those she-saids and he-saids
that cloud ears and atmospheres
every day over years?
Leave them in family
portraits and then disband
old borders of heartland
Imagine horizons
alongside new allies
who provide varied skies.  

Poem two for April (poetry month) inspired by  and its prompt "family portrait" and also by Writer's Digest's 2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 2 on "what he said and/or what she said."

*Note:  All April poem-a-day poems are rough drafts awaiting revision.

Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast


Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

When I speak, sometimes I wonder who else is in the room--my father--mother--your voice reminds m of that special time when we realize that they can stay buried deep inside--Happy April!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh, it is interesting how those conversations go in families, one side so certain it's misperception...missed perception?....is right. I love best your three closing lines.