Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Image (Poem)


      for Emily Wierenga

Make what your mouth accepts enough
to be enough: break no more the grain
of rice in two, quarter no quarter of apple.

Once mirrored, your silhouette a pattern
cut without facets, your waist cinched
in your figure's own scrim, your heart
pressed newly small as Chinese feet.

Hope thin as fingers' bones stretched,
the girl dying to be the woman seen.
It took His body to become your bread.

© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas

Congratulations to Emily on the publication of Chasing Silhouettes: How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder. Emily's blog is imperfect prose.

Chasing Silhouettes Website

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HisFireFly said...

Maureen, this is brilliant!

Emily Wierenga said...

your heart
pressed newly small as Chinese feet.

oh maureen, this is exquisite, absolutely... i am wondering, can i use it? not sure how... maybe on the website, maybe in a future book, with all due credit to you of course... blown away. especially by that last line. thank you. thank you.

Maureen said...

Emily, it's yours now.

Tara Pohlkotte said...

so. so beautiful!

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Diane Walker said...

Beautiful, Maureen -- and many congratulations to Emily!

Nacole said...

"pressed newly as chinese took his body to become your bread."
Wow. Nice to meet you, Maureen, and you've outdone yourself here. Gorgeous poem. Congrats to Emily.

S. Etole said...

Remarkable, Maureen. As always.

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Hannah Stephenson said...

A very heartfelt, powerful piece. I can feel your desire for her to heal.