Poetry: What’s in My Journal

What’s in My Journal
–William Stafford
From Cross­ing Unmarked Snow: Fur­ther Views on the Writer’s Vocation

Odd things, like a but­ton draw­er. Mean
Things, fish­hooks, barbs in your hand.
But mar­bles too. A genius for being agreeable.
Junk­yard cru­ci­fix­es, voluptuous
dis­cards. Space for knick­knacks, and for
Alas­ka. Evi­dence to hang me, or to beatify.
Clues that lead nowhere, that nev­er connected
any­way. Delib­er­ate obfus­ca­tion, the kind
that takes genius. Chasms in character.
Loud omis­sions. Morn­ings that yawn above
a new grave. Pages you know exist
but you can’t find them. Some­one’s terribly
inevitable life sto­ry, maybe mine.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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