The News c/p

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-13-2008
The News c/p
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 10:32am

The News


Maeve has forgotten to ask

could she change.

She turns not to see the thresholds and warning charts.

It's cold in here.

When she shivers the back-slit pale gown floats.


To please a friend in school once

Maeve had bought pastel-flowered fabric

and sewed it too

to be twins. She always wanted to ask if

wearing it

did she too feel disappeared

but it was acoustic so she couldn't.


She inhales and sits up straight.

She glares at the kind blue fragile

soundproof walls.

What if I shout at what I hear

and gesticulate

and storm about,

will mauve-pink showers stifle me?


A light glitters.

Maeve looks up left.

That'll stop those flashes again.

But no.


Leaves flicker from tree pinnacles

far off at the end of the car park

and the flashes



Out there, outside control,

leaves flicker and the wind blows.

Those leaves rustle

she says, and sways,

and lets them raise their gathering boom.


Maeve turns smiling

toward the opening door.


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-13-2008
In reply to: adetelyu
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 4:54pm

Oh, oh, back to work. Thanks, Roberta!

I just took a walk on a rusty-gold fall afternoon. Everyone must have been indoors sleeping off their Thanksgiving dinners because it was just me and the leaves, and I loved it.


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-28-2000
In reply to: adetelyu
Thu, 11-22-2012 - 3:40pm

Hi Jackie,

I don't understand what's really happening in this, or what has happened in the past.  The last lines of St. 2 and the beginning of St. 3  ("She always wanted...soundproof walls") are the most confusing.

  I also don't understand the significance of the title.

The part that I think I do understand sounds like an introduction to an interesting story.

I'm glad to read you here.