Carole Pearce

Fault Lines            

Fault lines threatening, thinly disguising the flaws.
Armour full of messages like layers of antique silk, protective,
emotional and biographical clichés.The inevitable overgrowth
yearns for completion, combining roots
falsehoods, and bravado. Discoveries, options of optimism.
Photo of your grandparents to tear you apart like parchment.
Wrap yourself in brightness, like a poor performer,
 that  ‘I’ cracked, locked in terrified silence,
 devious, dreamlike, determined, in the dark
makes its own ‘ Begone’  thinly disguising. Don’t let it in.
Humiliation, deny it happened, shut away the pain, hide 
The second ‘I’, laugh it off, leap into the light
 become twice, candle lit perfumed, and shoes for every occasion.
Success, a sharp spear, wards off danger. Sanctuary, soft friends, status,
stem the palpitations, banish the mire of nightmares,
calm to a warming ember the frantic flames within.

Calm to a warming ember the frantic flames within,
stem the palpitations, banish the mire of nightmares.
Success, a sharp spear, wards off danger. Sanctuary, soft friends, status,
become twice, candle lit perfumed, and shoes for every occasion
The second ‘I’, laughs it off, leaps into the light.
Humiliation, deny it happened, shut away the pain, hide
in the dark, make its own ‘Begone’ thinly disguising. Don’t let it in.
Cracked, locked in terrified silence, devious, dreamlike, determined.
Wrap yourself in brightness, like a poor performer, that  ‘I’ 
Photo of your grandparents to tear you apart like parchment.
Falsehoods and bravado, discoveries, options of optimism.
Yearn for completion, combining roots
emotional and biographical clichés,  the inevitable overgrowth.
Armour full of messages like layers of antique silk, protective
fault lines threatening, thinly disguising the flaws.

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One comment on “Carole Pearce

  1. Carole, I really like the juxtaposition of falsehoods and bravado (they do so often go hand in hand, right?. Also the lines “wrap yourself in brightness, like a poor performer” and later “become twice, candle lit perfumed, and shoes for every occasion”. It is such a rich, layered poem – the rhythm and the words really give a feeling of those “frantic flames within”.

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