picasso-woman-with-fanYour mother would scold you

pick yourself up ugly child

clean your room, scrub and polish

until there is no room for doubt

you may be unloved but

you will keep a straight back and shiny shoes


and you

learned quicker than a mouse

can covet cheese and steal itself a piece

to keep yourself small and burning

for a time to pounce

back under the hot lights of attention

turn this way and that until you are

bronzed like an award you make yourself

for surviving


I am owed

you think as you spit on your reflection with shirt cuff

and shine it brand new

I am owed

for my childhood

all the taint it took, not to reduce to rubble

instead I built myself a fort and became unbreakable


because this world eats the tender-hearted

with morels and mustard for breakfast

crushes underfoot truth in her glass orb

it is better we inherit the sharp cold heart of our destroyers

lift up our skirts and cross the puddles

with insulated rubber boots

than wallow in the frigid water

wondering why

most of what we do and say is

superficial and a lie to

garner peace and stifle the dagger

aimed at our center


all good but for the gentle

soul who can no more hurt than

turn away from need

she who cups water in her hands

to feed the thirsty flower

struggling to grow through concrete

by the side of exhaust-ridden road

what miracles we behold

surviving against the odds

it is this solace

keeps us staying who we are

when the world would pitch fire

extinguishing mercy

leaving battlefields full

for crows to pick through

we endure, laying down our

arms, our faces pointed toward

the clouds and wait

for rain to pour down


66 thoughts on “Mercy

  1. Have you seen that? Gosh its been ages since I have! But that’s in Australia… I think I read somewhere that they hold concerts there, but I need to double check. We stayed near there once but never actually visited.

  2. Oh that’s right. I loved that film SO spooky. Australian films are great as are the few NZ ones I’ve seen. Very art-house but not pretentious. They never found all the girls then either.

  3. Yes very spooky. Wish I could remember details, might have to watch it again.
    And that is a perfect description of Aussie and NZ films!
    Someone wrote a sequel to Hanging Rock, apparently it’s quite silly and ruined the whole mystique of it. I tend to shy from sequels, except the Shrek ones (I am a children’s movie fan hehe)

  4. That’s an incredible film. I confess I’m watching Prisoner Cell Block H that’s an old Oz series too! ha ha! Really? Oh no! I had no idea that there was a sequal I will haev to track it down! I’m not one for sequels either. xo

  5. hahaha you’re watching Prisoner? I remember catching snippets of it when I was a youngun…sometimes I watch moments of reruns and laugh at how bad the acting is, but I never got into it. 🙂

    I’m trying to think, I’m not sure the sequel was made into movie, I believe someone just had the audacity to write a book, but honestly, I can’t remember.

  6. Yes, I heard that was good. My current favourite is the Lego Movie hahaha and I have to admit, I am excited there’s another one coming out. But I will see it with no expectations, I tell myself.

  7. The Lego Movie is manic and crazy and just brilliant. I will definitely have to have a look at UP. Awwww I had a Paddington bear when I was little. I loved it. But I haven’t seen any current movies of it. I think I was afraid it would lose its charm for me if I did.

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