Care and feeding of language.

close up photography of a leopard cub

Here is an open space, breathing. Here a heartbeat. Look at the ears on this one, and this one here is loving the new bed. Let’s take them out.

Once upon a time, a dark castle, a long walk. But then what?

Some of us are fine spinning in suspension of once. Upon a dark walk. In a long castle, in time.

There are some who will leave language crumpled in the bottom of bags, forgotten in pockets, scattered on the floor like shed clothes no one thinks to pick up, and others who prefer to let it accumulate like a fine layer of dust in a locked room. There are those who would squeeze it like citrus fruits, extracting the last drop.

And then, there are the poets, treading lightly among the words with empty hands, making soft sounds as if to soothe them, touching their skins, petting them behind their ears. The words lean in, expose their bellies, their hearts. 

Some ask to be broken, promising. There is more to know in the shattering. Some ask to be held close, restored, squeezed––not to extract what is freely given, but to know the pulsing fullness of all they carry, unsaid.

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

4 thoughts on “Wordkeepers”

    1. Ryn, your message has given me a much-needed smile at the end of a long day! Thank you so much for sharing this. Cheering for your son! And, of course for you : ) Hoping you all are well.

    1. Jeff, thank you for giving me a chuckle here. If I felt I had the power to wrought anything, I would probably be all in! For now, I am only allowed the occasional belly rub, while submitting to various bites in between : ) Hoping you are well. : )

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