there came a day 

late one July 

when I decided

I would no longer

drag the sadness

behind me. 

I dug a hole 

in the yard 

6ft long

by 6ft wide

and I rolled it in 


it took all night 

to say good bye 

and it will


take a lifetime 

to forget 

but I am the wisps now

the fluffs of dandelion 

that grow over.

– sheila c.

5 thoughts on “dandelion

  1. Love the imagery of “the corpse” and the 6 x 6 hole and how the character needed that much room for the sadness. Also could see it dragging behind. The metaphor of the sadness being a corpse that was going to be buried, that’s how I interpreted it anyway, really was powerful.

    It would be fun to meet sometime. I’m in MO. Not sure where you are.

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    1. Hi Susan! So good to hear from you. I’m actually in Sunny Miami, FL, it would great to meet someday though! I travel quite a bit, I’ll let you know if/when I’m ever in your neck of the woods. And you’re absolutely right about the imagery. The original even had the word corpse in it but I omitted for the greater allusion.

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  2. Such a powerful image. This is typical of your best poetry, teasing the reader to the edge of understanding, but never becoming fully transparent, leaving me on the edge, understanding but still grasping, feeling something powerful and deep, but knowing there’s more behind the words and images that remains hidden for me to discover, or not. (If that made any sense at all.) So impressed.

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  3. Sheila, thanks for stopping by my blog. I have read several of your poems and this one is my favorite so far. I look forward to reading more.

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