Seeking Wisdom

“I talk to God but the sky is empty.” – Sylvia Plath

mlmm sunday writing prompt dec2

I seek wisdom in the sawdust falling gently
beneath the polished mahogany bowl
you carved with loving hands
for it is not the finished product
but rather the blood, sweat, and tears
buried deep within its caviar ribbons
that tell this story

My eyes long for the beauty of paradise
scattered like sunflowers across a distant horizon
as these steps I take lead me closer to
heaven’s grace, bound by promises
I’ve yet to keep and answers
I’ve yet to find,
to find

My heart knows your truth
is a puzzle waiting to be solved
My back aches with the memory
of work undone, of work neglected
All that awaits beckons with the sound
of a thousand bells tolling your call to action
and so I shrug off this cloak of indifference

My hands trace yours, unsure and shaking
as I select a smoldering log heavy with ash
and begin to stab its very heart until
every imperfection is dissected and removed
my own tears washing it clean… eventually
until this creation is ready to receive
the blessings of a new day

photo and prompt: Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – Sunday Writing Prompt


  1. Wow! This is an absolutely wonderful, amazing response to the prompt! I’m totally awed with how well you’ve effected this – told a story so elegant and yet heart-breaking too, within this poem. And it’s so seamlessly worded, – I loved “caviar ribbons” —- that is brilliant, especially in the context of the poem! how “delicious” for the creativity MK! And that second stanza is just scrumptious for the image it paints in my mind – … this is just wonderful, I’ve been sitting and reading and re-reading it, and each time I enjoy it even more. 😀
    thanks for writing to the Sunday prompt!

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