Learn More

Carolyn Forché

(28 April, 1950 - / Detroit, Michigan)

Sequestered Writing


Horses were turned loose in the child's sorrow. Black and roan, cantering through snow.
The way light fills the hand with light, November with graves, infancy with white.
White. Given lilacs, lilacs disappear. Then low voices rising in walls.
The way they withdrew from the child's body and spoke as if it were not there.

What ghost comes to the bedside whispering You?
-- With its no one without its I --
A dwarf ghost? A closet of empty clothes?
Ours was a ghost who stole household goods. Nothing anyone would miss.
Supper plates. Apples. Barbed wire behind the house.

At the end of the hall, it sleepwalks into a mirror wearing mother's robe.
A bedsheet lifts from the bed and hovers. Face with no face. Come here.
The bookcase knows, and also the darkness of books. Long passages into,
Endless histories toward, sleeping pages about. Why else toss gloves into a grave?

A language that once sent ravens through firs. The open world from which it came.
Words holding the scent of an asylum fifty years. It is fifty years, then.
The child hears from within: Come here and know, below
And unbeknownst to us, what these fields had been.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Sequestered Writing by Carolyn Forché )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Death Be Not Proud, John Donne
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  7. Acquainted with the Night, Robert Frost
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Eldorado, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Wrapped Around Your Finger, Amber Carr
  2. With full freedom, hasmukh amathalal
  3. તે જ જોવાનું..tej jovaanu, hasmukh amathalal
  4. Sounds, Vera Sidhwa
  5. The Sounds, Vera Sidhwa
  6. Absence, Neela Nath
  7. Not Knowing What Might Have Been, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. The rising, gajanan mishra
  9. Flowing Water, Vera Sidhwa
  10. Cooling Water, Vera Sidhwa
[Hata Bildir]