Being a human—a poem
Being a human and therefore
a lumpy flat-edged stomping thing
I am drawn to fuzzy
When I go crunching
overhill on hefty feet
tenderly their finery
tickles my periphery
ever the feathery dogs
and shivery seeds
and dizzying ferns
and sun-fluff whispering.
— Rachel McAlpine 2021
(Yes, I know. Being a human does not exclude the possibility of being subtle or sensitive. But hey…)
By the way, I’d love you to give me a hand with my work this year. I want to publish an e-book based on the blog of an extraordinary 98-year-old, for instance. And write some songs. And get myself to readings out of town, sharing my poems about being old. The tiniest donation gives me courage as well as practical help. Thank You!
9 thoughts on “Being a human—a poem”
I love the second stanza with finery and periphery
Thanks for telling me—I’ll try not to change it then 🙂
That sounds so summery to us shivering in solitude on the far side. The only thing fuzzy or feathery is the frost. 🙁
Oh oh oh. Its so easy to forget that we are the odd ones out here in new Zealand. Does this post torture you?
Effective use of contrast here, Rachel, the joy of things being various …
They are indeed, thank goodness.
I think I might start sneezing!
Powerful pollen in those photos!
And great alliteration in your response.