Guest Bard: Kneeling


“I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Don’t blame the sinner

for the slow burn of memory.
Nobody asked you to excavate the past.
You, with your excuses,
and your mouth full of poems.
Your blame longs to curl its stained fingers
around something
that feels like truth.

When will you learn

that we are merely skin,
stretched tight
over a fragile tangle of arteries and veins?
We can bleed,
or we can breathe.
Every moment is a fleeting chance
for awareness.
It is nothing short of a miracle,
that we have learned how to cry over our bruised histories.

What will you worship,

when you finally allow your knees to touch the dirt?
An orange,
with its dimpled flesh, and bitter seeds
has a better chance
of knowing God.

Reality is always fiction.

Language is a trap.
The bones of this story
were whispered to the Black Queen
long before she hurled you into this extraordinary world.
But then she turned those jagged words
over and over in her palm,
until they became a fistful of stones,
smooth and round as plums.

Karen is the author of Fat Girl In Boxing Gloves, where she entertains her love of words and writing. She has won several accolades at Yeah Write,”a writing community for writers who blog and bloggers who write.” Kneeling won Yeah Write’s Speakeasy competition in February of this year. When not writing or creating safe domiciles for dispossessed felines, Karen works as a personal chef and manages her Etsy store – thesoupison. 

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Bard’s Verdict: Karen has a way of telling stories that are common to everyone of us. Each is a personal history presented with a level of emotion and reality that is almost physically palpable. While painfully honest, identifying with her words has always brought me to a place of insight and self acceptance, that comes from realizing we are not alone in how we experience our lives. Z~

8 comments on “Guest Bard: Kneeling

  1. Zoe Byrd says:

    Karen, thanks so much for guest barding. You know how I feel about your work but I still have to say what a privilege it is to be able to showcase it here! Your writing really does speak to me more than most and this is no exception. Thanks for choosing it (youre right it IS one of my favs.) xo L/Z

    I still have it taped to my desk !


  2. Jean says:

    this is very wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity to read it! jean


  3. Lizzi R says:

    HELLZ YES! I REMEMBER THIS. I was somewhere around the YW challenge when this won, and I LOVED IT THEN and I LOVE IT NOW! Such incredible, powerful imagery…thank you so much for letting us share it 😀


  4. psychochef says:

    Zoe and Lizzi, Thank you both for giving me the opportunity to showcase one of my poems on your wonderful site. “I'm a guest bard”. I said that a couple times today, and it makes me happy. : ) xoxoxKaren


  5. Zoe Byrd says:

    Makes me happy too, my friend! THanks for being here!


  6. Lizzi R says:

    Karen, you are seriously SO WELCOME. Ohhhh but I feel a FOOL for never having put you, and this poem, together before 😀


  7. psychochef says:

    Hahaha – that's understandable. I was wearing my fat girl/psychochef word disguise ; )


  8. Lizzi R says:

    Ahhh then you are a tricksy writer indeed.

    But it's okay – it's the tradition.



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