Overcoming Bloglessness

All That Time by May Swenson


Writer’s Almanac posted this lovely poem today.

Sharon, I thought of you and your trees.          http://sharonmcconnel.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/trees-forest/

Artwork is Two Trees by Odilon Redon

Two Trees Odilon Redon

All That Time

by May Swenson

I saw two trees embracing.

One leaned on the other

as if to throw her down.

But she was the upright one.

Since their twin youth, maybe she

had been pulling him toward her

all that time,

and finally almost uprooted him.

He was the thin, dry, insecure one,

the most wind-warped, you could see.

And where their tops tangled

it looked like he was crying

on her shoulder.

On the other hand, maybe he

had been trying to weaken her,

break her, or at least

make her bend

over backwards for him

just a little bit.

And all that time

she was standing up to him

the best she could.

She was the most stubborn,

the straightest one, that’s a fact.

But he had been willing

to change himself—

even if it was for the worse—

all that time.

At the top they looked like one

tree, where they were embracing.

It was plain they’d be

always together.

Too late now to part.

When the wind blew, you could hear

them rubbing on each other.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

2 thoughts on “All That Time by May Swenson

  1. Reblogged this on Spontaneous Creativity.

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