Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Impracticality of Duct Tape


Here I stand a silhouette
flirting with life in the pull
of a window shade.

Holed up in this broken heart
I try to duct tape on a happy face,
but glue won’t stick to tears.

He was mine and now he isn’t.
I can’t change the verbs trailing
through my thoughts along with mistakes.

Get busy living, or get busy dying.
That’s the black and white of it.
Do I want to smell the roses or lie beneath them?

My violets do better when I water them…..
The stars still hang with the moon….
I can let go of pain and be me again….



©Susie Clevenger 2013

Izy at Real Toads has us quoting movie lines and growing poetry from them. 
"Get busy living, or get busy dying" - Morgan Freeman - "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994).  Out Of Standard With Izy




14 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Even though I didn't see The Shawshank Redemption, I knew those words were your choice of movie quote, Susie, despite the way you worked them seamlessly into a poem on a different subject.
Well done!
K

wkkortas said...

Men know as well as they know themselves that duct tape is the most practical thing there is, and we can't be faulted if we put it to impractical uses. This is a clever take and clever usage of the whole idea of duct tape and what it evokes and implies, and it's well built to boot, with no duct tape or even spackle required.

Mama Zen said...

Brilliant job with that line! Excellent write, Susie.

Sam Edge said...

A favourite line also well done!!

Isadora Gruye said...

LOL at Kortas. This is fine work here, Susie. I like the line you chose and how you embedded it into your narrators world view! Viva la

Ben Ditty said...

"but glue won't stick to tears"

This line really hit home, Susie.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Susie, this was so true... glue not sticking to tears, despite the effort to paste on the happy face. Your quote from Shawshank was well used, and your expansion on it, about watering the flowers vs. being under them? Yeah, girl, tell it!! Amy

wordifull.com said...

Great job and a great movie )

Lolamouse said...

What a great movie! I love that line. You've incorporated it brilliantly into a heartfelt poem.

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a great line from a movie I'll never forget. (My fave line is the one about crawling through miles of shit and coming out clean)

You certainly used the line in a whole new context - and your poem must resonate with any reader who has been there.

Ella said...

I am a huge fan of this movie and was surprised it is a Stephen King film~ Bravo!
I love so many elements-all so touching. You remind us to keep on living! (I am going to read it again) ;D

mindlovemisery said...

Oh wow Lisa this is stunning and heartbreaking and vulnerable and just wow

mindlovemisery said...

Ugh Susie sorry about the name, my brain is still not awake

Marian said...

oooh, well done, Susie from start to finish, and all the duct-taped parts between. i gotta thing for duct tape.