Two Poems

Diane Webster

Photo Credit: Breigh Hammarlund/Flickr (CC-by-nc-nd)

Photo Credit: Breigh Hammarlund/Flickr (CC-by-nc-nd)

Untied Knots

Like tweezers her fingernails
pinch each knot and loosen
its grip from the lengthening
strand patiently hearing
her mother teach
not to waste any string
because it will be useful
later lying wound
in a ball in the junk drawer
the same as I save
old shoelaces now
in pairs draped together,
and I wonder if she
would secretly itch
to tie them together.

Do my letters cause you to cringe
when you see my printed envelope?
Do you bury my words in your purse
like a pauper casket in a grave?
Do you burn my thoughts
into curly wisps blown away
by unconcerned wind?
Do you read and pretend
you’ll answer later
because later is always later?
Do you secretly wish
you could write “return to sender”
or “address unknown” and hope
I wouldn’t know the writing
because I’ve seldom seen it?

pencilDiane Webster enjoys the challenge of picturing images into words to fit her poems. If she can envision her poem, she can write what she sees and her readers can visualize her ideas. That’s the excitement of writing. Her work has appeared in The Hurricane Review, Eunoia Review, Illya’s Honey, and other literary magazines. Email: diaweb[at]

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