Sunday, April 12, 2015


painting by daria petrilli 


“Perhaps home is not a place, but simply
an irrevocable condition.”-- James Baldwin.

Deep within each of us, where saltwater resides,
there are hidden reefs & caverns

where microscopic prehistoric fish, or their spawn,
or their shadows, or their essence

swim blindly in the total darkness,
wriggling freely between organs, struggling

toward the light that cascades through
membranes & viscus-covered trap doors;

misunderstood, mislabeled as cells, corpuscles & viruses,
they remain both sentinel & home guard,

ever ready to pounce upon intruders
& tear them to pieces with their feral fangs.

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at Magpie Tales MAG 265

Would you like to hear me read this poem to you?


Other Mary said...

I like where you went with this, and the fierce ending surprised me.

Michael said...

I like how you read! haha. I dont even know what kind of cadence that is...or was. But it was kinda cool.

Kathe W. said...

love the ending.....I took this as one of the less gentle aspects of motherhood. We can be fierce.

Berowne said...

Sharp and powerful; well done.

Unknown said...

Nice imagery, fun ending. Good write.

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Gail said...

I like your thoughts on this painting.

Thanks for visiting. I hope we wake up before we destroy every thing.

Anonymous said...

I love this, Glenn -the imagery so striking- each couplet is beautifully wrought - wonderful - and how cool is that painting! K

Tess Kincaid said...

Earthy and delicious...and the accompanying quote so apt...always a special treat to see you at Magpie, Glenn...