Every Poet Writes About Skies of Marmalade

Every poet seems to write on skies of marmalade,
about waters of azure and the texture of suede,
but I so rarely see these things in my day-to-day.



My life consists of grit and grime
of cheap laminate floors and of vinyl countertops.


Of cracked laptop screens
And weather-worn shoes


An aesthetic with lightbulbs burnt out
and muddy puddles and unfolded laundry,
pots of dirt that once held plants,
cacti that just refuse to die,
windowless rooms,
bruises on skin that has not been licked by the sun in far too long.

There’s paint stains on the dining room table.

There’s patina on the silverware.

There’s faulty memories and mismatched meter and tongues that confuse themselves
and meanings that should never be spoken aloud.

Wounded egos.

Filth.

Muck.

Phlegm.

Imperfect families.

Half smiles.

Accidental laughter at problematic jokes.

Heads brimming full
of ideas that will never come to fruition,
poetic lines completely unnecessary to the meaning,
and chipped teeth repaired temporarily decades ago.




But there’s a beauty in banality, a hope in the mundane,
an elegance in all the things that we hold in disdain,
so excuse me if I speak of the ugly in a gilded frame.

Photo by Abdullah Ghatasheh from Pexels


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8 thoughts on “Every Poet Writes About Skies of Marmalade

  1. “Heads brimming full
    of ideas that will never come to fruition,
    poetic lines completely unnecessary to the meaning”

    Frequently when reading your poetry I’m reminded of how many mutual thoughts, worries, and delights we share. Funny to feel that despite having never met in person. But perfectly divine that we were introduced because of poetry. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I’m so happy to have met you, even just virtually! It’s so comforting knowing all the things we share with our fellow humans and I too so often resonate with your writing for similar reasons.

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