She Is Not Among The Debris




She forgets the slow current’s nature

The bridge makes memory disappear

Both sides, anchored to one another

By concrete skin, steel bolts, a mirage

Beams and illusion. Hazy covenant

The shores are never separate sides

Only two similarities, held in suspension


The ferry allowed her a connection

Provided time, renewal, ages to swim in

Banks gave up affinity, held unique desire

Now she bites with identical jaws

into wooden docks, slippery,

overgrown with asphalt and oil


She interrupts the bridge at its heart

A way to swim, to enter the slowness

A means to disconnect, severe from sameness

The sky turns the river into blue invitations

It does not lie, but reflects, apart


The river, ashen surface, greyness, an area

There are always crests in the wind

As if the river runs backwards

She must be pulled up by hand


She is not among the debris

Spring runoff has plans of its own

Bunching up, with the bridge


She swims with all her clothes on

Singularities explode into dimensions


Her fall, is a taste of everything remembered




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46 Responses to She Is Not Among The Debris

  1. I love your language throughout. Striking image

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  2. Had to share this one on Twitter…love your words.

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  3. I want to say I like it and don’t like it at the same time. It is such a good poem that what it conveys and how it conveys is all the more shivery and sad. Very evocative.

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  4. slpmartin says:

    What a striking poem…its language is just brilliant….thanks for a great read.

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  5. Ralph says:

    Give me time to Work on this one. As in all ART, the user draws their own “picture”.
    I will find one !


  6. skat says:

    I like this change of direction for you.

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  7. Enjoyed very much. Image and writing sets a fitting mood. 🙂

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  8. facetfully says:

    Does the image reflect the poem or vice versa? What was the inspiration?

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  9. The language is beautiful and the imagery juggles the construction of a bridge with the landscape very skilfully. What eludes me is the actual point your making. I also think the middle part of the poem needs restructuring. I found it confusing.

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  10. You had me, Elan, at that first great line
    and you held me right through.
    This is worthwhile writing of a high order.

    Best Wishes



  11. Great work of art here – a true artist – you wrote it perfect. I really love this. Wow … 🙂


  12. andy says:

    so beautifully penned !! loved reading this 🙂

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  13. Arwen says:

    Very artistic and poignant.
    Thanks for the follow!


  14. vivachange77 says:

    Profound and engaging images throughout your poem. It traveled me over the bridge.

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  15. Muselord says:

    Wow. This is deep and apt.

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  16. Rox says:

    This is beautiful. Your voice is spectacular.


  17. windsorpotts says:

    This reads like a song
    I’m sure some people see that as an insult but some people see a can of mixed nuts as the core problem with Western society. So, the hell with those people.
    Thank you for the song.


  18. So engaging. I’ve read it multiple times and I’ll have to again. It’s brilliant!

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  19. Beautifully written. The emotion is raw and bites into the soul. Those of us who’ve been there understand and those who’ve not been, will still understand. You’ve married an image with words that will linger in my mind and your message will stay with me as I move throughout the day. Exquisite!

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  20. I felt the steel cold and the water numbing, and I understood the forgetting. deep and provocative. thanks.


  21. OldenGray says:

    Nicely sewn together.


  22. isparkle08 says:

    Very inspiring. Love the imagery.

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