Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday Poem, "Story-teller Vine, Rega," Melissa Shook
Story-teller Vine, Rega
Woven twine stretches back-and-forth inside a small case
in the Museum's African section.
From it hang thin rawhide strings on which are tied:
worn, frayed bits of cloth; dried
grass bound by grass; a miniature bow laced with string;
three dried berrries on a tiny branch;
a few twigs; a paper wrapper; a tiny branch
coverd with thorns;
a piece of crumpled paper (writing bled dry); the bone
of a small animal; a block of wood
and notched stick;
and an advertisement printd on red.
Underneath, the label says "only the instructor can read"
the meaning of these objects to teach
the children of the tribe.
From my twine string hang
the puckered pink scar into my uterus; red plaid baby
shoes; a cluster of keys worthy of
a prison guard; the toy camera carved from wood;
a sunflower with an impossibly large brown center
populated by tiny black bugs;
red swimming goggles; a family album, images
fluttered to the ground; and a sack of co-mingled ashes.
Stories only I remember.
This was published in a chapbook that's available at www.puddinghouse.com