Friday, February 7, 2014
Poem: The Strange House of the Past
The Strange House of the Past
by Maria Mazziotti Gillan
Moving through the strange house
of the past
the black ink of midnight
what I want is dangerous
the sound the wind makes,
a portrait of the world
in soft orange or blood red.
I dream my cousin teaches me
how to balance in a kayak
though I am terrified of water.
In the finished basement where
I first made love, I learn now to tell
a rose from a frog, how to break my heart.
Why does the world reek of death and violence?
In the changing light of the past who
we were rises up to confront us
We cannot smile or laugh,
our faces crumple.
What we want is too dangerous
to hold or touch.
from Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s Ancestors' Song (Bordighera Press)