inquisition s

Where do I hide?  I build this tree,
the branches tangled over me,
I ask myself:  how will I know
what voids this curse?  what sets me free?

I sit and sit. The hours grow.
The birds have wings—they come and go.
My rhythm cannot hold their song.
How can I breathe?  What cries the crow?

My body emptying skin to bone,
my mind hardening into stone,
falling like silence to the ground–
How do I bide?  I lie alone.

The sea and sky cannot be found.
Memories circle round and round,
searching for possibility–
How am I held?  Where am I bound?

inquisition close up s

Frank at dVerse has asked us to consider blame and forgiveness.  And a final rubaiyat for the month of February, with short lines this time.

 The hardest person to forgive is often yourself.

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40 responses to “inquisition”

  1. Sharon Mann says :

    Very meaningful words today Kerfe, forgiveness opens the door for a full creative life.

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  2. Astrid's Words says :

    Profound message. Self-forgiveness is definitely hardest.

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  3. D. Wallace Peach says :

    I love the imagery in the poem and a sense of disorientation, as well as the fascinating artwork to accompany it.

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  4. robtkistner says :

    Kerfe. Forgiveness, be it of another for causing you hurt, or of yourself for causing hurt, is essential in feeling whole again. Both types of foregivness are difficult for different reasons. But if one can not achieve forgiveness one is destined to carry the wound forever. Much harder to forgive than to apologize.

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  5. Frank Hubeny says :

    Very nice sound. I hope the crow has an answer.

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  6. rivrvlogr says :

    Hold out for hope…


    I hold aloft what holds me down
    My sense of self, as yet unsound
    No sense of where my mind should be
    My troubles named, within me found

    And yet this weight that’s placed on me
    Need not be what the world should see
    Acknowledging that I’m not bound
    May offer possibilities

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  7. Beverly Crawford says :

    Self-forgiveness .. the key to contentment.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. revivedwriter says :

    I really like this! I’ve read it several times already.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Forgiving yourself… this is the true challenge for everyone… we are born flagellants …

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  10. Suzanne says :

    There is a circular feeling to your poem that echoes the way negative thoughts and guilt go round and round in the mind. Breaking out of the circle and finding self forgiveness is incredibly hard sometimes.

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    • memadtwo says :

      They do, echoing and magnifying themselves. Difficult to find the way out. Thanks Suzanne.

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      • Suzanne says :

        Yes, I have similar things on repeat in my head too. This morning when I woke I found my mind was full of them. It was as if they’d been lining up while I slept. For me one thing that works is releasing them to the light. Oddly another thing that can clear some of them is physically cleaning and decluttering my house. It’s like some objects carry energy and when I get rid of them I feel lighter and clearer.

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        • memadtwo says :

          I think that’s true. My daughter and I were just discussing how we need to prune our “collections”…it does clear out the clutter in the psyche as well.

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          • Suzanne says :

            Good luck. Is Marie Kondo big over there too. Here everyone is asking of their possessions – does it bring me joy? It’s amazing how effective it is.

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            • memadtwo says :

              Yes she’s big here too. I read the book a few years ago, and found it helpful except when it came to things I needed to do my work. I think I can make art from anything!

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  11. msjadeli says :

    There is a strong feeling of claustrophobia, as if trapped by a prison of your own making. Your poem resonates with me, Kerfe. If you (I) can find a source of light and move toward it, it may present a path out of the tangle…

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  12. Jodi says :

    Wow Kerfe! I read it several times. And the art…. you are so amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. merrildsmith says :

    I thought I had commented on this, but I must have been interrupted. I love the flow of this that fits the circling of thoughts round and round within the confines of the poet’s own making. The title is interesting in that usually an inquisition comes from without, but this seems to come from within. (Even with this poem you have birds and circles.) 🙂 The art fits perfectly.

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  14. Jill Kuhn says :

    Hi Kerfe, I had to go back and read this again today before I commented. I think that forgiving ourselves can be a very freeing… not always easy though. ❤️
    I wanted to let you know that you are the winner of my postcard art! I hope you check out my post today on my blog. 😊

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