Nautilus

by silvershoes   Apr 8, 2019


Is there a word for having no words
I’d like to think contentedness stole my thoughts
Rounded out the ages
When I was once made of glass
But it’s something else I don’t understand

Feeling is a funny thing
The way I sink into myself
Is like I’m gliding across the ocean floor
Limbs dragging tiredly behind me
I’m following trails of light that fade away before I ever reach them
Sinking, sinking
If there’s any darkness left below me

I’ll be there, I’ll be there soon

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  • 5 months ago

    by A lonely soul

    I think the penned words are beautiful, but reflect on a dark time, if I interpret the second half correctly. Strength is what we want in these down times...they will hopefully pass.

  • 6 months ago

    by Daniel

    A really interesting piece of personification, or even metaphor. This stirs up so many images as I’m reading it. I’ve never read anything like it, though I’d like more of the mollusc imagery!

    • 6 months ago

      by silvershoes

      I wrote the poem first and then titled it, oddly enough. After reading it over, I thought to myself: huh. I’m a nautilus.

  • 6 months ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    I shivered a bit reading this, from the reference in the title to the way I connected to this that goes beyond personification if a mollusk. What struck me is that if we are content or at peace, we may not have specific words to document it compared to when we are devasted by something. I felt a numbness in this, and also, an inability to understand that. Wanting to propel forward but feeling lost almost, lost in ourselves. It reminded me that sometimes we can drown in self-doubt or the weight of our thoughts. We keep sinking when we are trying to make progress or make a breakthrough.

    That's how I interpreted this piece and I liked the small yet building affirmation that you will be there soon.

    • 6 months ago

      by silvershoes

      Your interpretation is just beautiful.

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