You Said Wait

December 1, 2016 Linda Ruggeri No comments exist

Today I revisited a poem I wrote for a college poetry class, with Professor Gail Wronsky back in 1998 – that resonated more with my life in late 2006. It had been a while since I had explored the theme of nature/love/abandonment. After revising some terms, I feel it flows better now.

great-plaines
Great Plains image courtesy of World Wildlife Fund

 

You Said Wait 

You told me to wait for you,

until you came back from catching grasshoppers.

I gathered twigs, grasses, water and dirt,

and with mud

built our home.

And I waited.

 

You told me to wait for you,

until you came back from scaring off the crows.

I gathered sticks, wild cotton and boughs of pine,

and with love and thought

made our bed.

And I waited.

 

You told me to wait for you,

until you came back from fighting away the bears.

I gathered wild berries, fresh water, honey,

and the early spring morels you like so much,

and stocked our reserves.

And I waited again.

 

But you never came.

And the food spoiled,

and the bed stayed empty,

and our home collapsed.

Life passed by me,

and I grew old.

 

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