What inches

but this memory forth,

slow as lingerings left unfinished

or the lips of a frozen song

the crawl space of your sweet embraceGraphic by Susan Joyner-Stumpf

torn in a cobweb

while a spider screams

am I tethered only to its loss

shattered now, a prism buried

in an ancient sarcophagus

ruins someday to be unearthed

another millennia of

forgetableness away

who knew now of its tenderness, then,

mummified as any stone-cold artifact

of myrrh and golden-rod

lost poem of the Great Masters

last taste of hemlock, bitterroot

eyes forced open to witness

even dust’s unfolding demise.



© Susan Joyner-Stumpf

  1. drtruthman says:

    Wonderfully beautiful poem and the graphic is so amazing. I see so much in this poem. The tangled “web” so many relationships and marriages fall prey to as well as web of love itself from which there is no escape. Once love has you, you can’t get out of it. Or is it the memory of love past that so many of us long for, Well done, great job.

  2. debbiebrooks37 says:

    Ohhhh Susan.. so beautiful…I love this verse slow as lingerings left unfinished

    or the lips of a frozen song… I love that line.. You are so good at writing these beautiful poems.. I wouldn’t know where to start.
    Happy New Year My Friend

  3. Hey Deb and Dr. Lee. Thanks for both of your reviews. Deb, you do write in your own beautiful way. In fact, you will reach a wider audience than I because I’m too abstract. You write in a way that touches everyone because you write as though you were telling a story at a Bonfire, with everyone hanging onto each word. And thank you Dr. Lee, I love to use metaphor and you caught that immediately, knowing not to take everything I write “literally.”

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