Envelopes of Shelter

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is an angry poem directed at a former lover who let me down. I never knew why he rejected me once he knew I was in love with him and I probably never will. Maybe he was scared of commitment. He did tell me once that he would never "cheat " on me but I don't know if that's true or not.

Envelopes of Shelter

Within the sheltered places of my mind

I've set up patterns of meter and rhyme.

Knocked them down and set them up again,

Always wondering if you would be my friend.


And it is as simple as sunlight streaming through

a cream-colored curtain,

Yet more complicated than an impossible puzzle,

Where logic gets you nowhere but you keep on

Trying, for yesterday's hopes are but today's 

Dreams dying.


Seeds of wonder you planted in me, ripened to

The willow tree and then cat-ball crazy you let

Me fall and wander in the abyss.

Shattered by your lover's kiss--and all that's 

Left of me are remnants.


A puckered nun's life remains, 

Tidy, neat and prim, those cards slipped up my black habit

Sleeve; that rosary choking me like some fine beast,

To hack and mangle from your release.


Submitted: April 25, 2012

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