2024 Poetry

Sonnet #2

Tell me how I’ve offended you clearly Describe to me what the row is about Explain exactly why you look at me And scowl at my face with eyes cast down. If offense is the score you are keeping I am assuredly in your family’s debt Can we lay all our cards on the table?…

150 150 Stafford Wood
punctuated thinking

punctuated thinking

I’m sorry I’m trying. I’m sorry, I’m trying. I’m sorry. I’m trying. I’m so sorry. I’m trying.

1920 2560 Stafford Wood
eclipse

eclipse

You are the omnipresent predictable force Who has shined on me For forty years. Helping me grow Making me bright Making me see the light in me And the world And a little girl. But today,  Something came between us my sky darkened And got cold And I felt old.  It will happen again And again.

1920 2560 Stafford Wood
Total Eclipse

Total Eclipse

I am so grateful  That I understand  the math and science  Well enough To know  that god has not blotted out the sun. And I understand math and science and mystery enough To know That God has blotted out the sun.

1200 1600 Stafford Wood
Tiresias

Tiresias

Forty days and five years ago, you said dunsinane would never come to Birnam and a good woman born of a good family would live the life I wanted. you tried to save me from my fate with tragic truth. like a wild-eyed prophet eating honey and locusts, you tried to give me five years…

600 337 Stafford Wood
equivoke

equivoke

Someday I will write All the right words That say here What you want to hear illuminating a new thought Though you cannot see. The ocean between us Will shallow And our complicated problems  Will become complex With the right words In the right order With the right intonation  And intention  Materialize as an incantation …

1999 2560 Stafford Wood

Forgetting

There are things you want to forget like that night you fell and broke your arm, and it broke my heart to know all the harm that had been caused by a simple fall, but you want to remember the love the love of it all. There are things you want to forget like that…

150 150 Stafford Wood
Grief

Grief

With no grave to visit,no place for my grief.The loss that I feelIs it real, is it? No memorial service.No eulogy to write.Nothing to view,Without this, is it worse? A life lost forever.I can't imagine it's gone.Tears with each songA relationship severed. I still live, without you, by your choice and my need,Without hope for…

1920 2560 Stafford Wood

He is not able for her.

He’s not able to meet it where it is. Not where she is But where it is.  The relationship becomes a third person The Holy Spirit created by love between us That neither of us can truly reach Except in making love Or holding hands But words and deeds won’t get you there To the…

150 150 Stafford Wood
regret

regret

For a long time I have regretted  my answer to the question  I wish I had answered differently  Followed intuition and said what I felt What I knew was right What I wanted to say For a long time I have imagined  If I had answered differently  What would have followed What I would have…

2560 2016 Stafford Wood
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