18 Dec

I like to think the lines under your eyes

the dark swirls like entropy,

aren’t the unreasoned answer to

the question we’ve thrust forth.

That bluebird of a nose still crinkles. The rich

brown eyes still shine through sunsets. Yet

there’s a foot stamp in the snow we can’t see,

steel behind six year old words which I can’t fathom.

Tell me you’re really as flexible as the wind daughter.


4 Responses to “Flex”

  1. Bon December 19, 2009 at 12:32 am #

    you’re gonna have to forgive me this, but this one makes me want to hug you, Thor.

    because i don’t just see Viv. i see you, the circles under YOUR eyes, the worry and load you’re trying so hard to mitigate for those beloved girls.

    this was beautiful. not b/c what’s behind it is beautiful. but b/c someday, at 20 or 30, she will read about her bluebird of a nose and know how you worried and how you loved and she is gonna weep like a faucet.

    erm, if she’s anything like (sniff) me, that is…

    • thordora December 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

      Thank you. All I’ve ever wanted to do is protect them, and it’s like, even in the midst of doing the thing that is likely the best for them, something is likely breaking.

      I hope she hears my voice in 20 years, and knows I’ve done my best.

  2. flutter December 19, 2009 at 4:53 am #


  3. Titanium December 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm #

    The girls will understand- perhaps more than you’ll ever know. Your strength is echoed in their questions. They entrust you with their frustration, their anger and their hurt- they know that you will carry it for them, carrying them.

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