Palimpsest: Song for a New Year and an Old

I have already received a private message from a friend who wrote a marvelous Palimpsest poem.  Feel free to type in your own in the comments or on my FB thread, or in my email or FB messages.  Here’s mine (the phrases on the right-hand side are random quotes pulled out of my Facebook archive):

The fiery sunset of the old year gives way to

salt. . .balsam. . .ratatat cat feet. . .green

a silver gibbous moon gives way to

not sure the sun is ever coming back

this rosy sun shining through a gull’s wing.

too many trinkets in the trees already

This new morning climbs down the northward hill,

a new bubble wand and a madcap two-year-old

washes the fields above the orchard in golden glow,

can’t get enough mulberries

slips downward into the frosty pear trees,

amazing person, that cat

illuminates the weather vane rooster on the roof,

my brain is filled with compost and my poetry is green

and suddenly crests the southern hill.

I think when I was born I was a baby

The puddle of night in the bowl of the hollow

keep talking, keep loving

dissolves into the new year.

3 thoughts on “Palimpsest: Song for a New Year and an Old

  1. Erasing
    (by my friend Susan Mull)

    Could it be erased, wiped out . . .
    The memory of the dead children, innocents gone forever . . .
    Can forgiveness erase all that is heinous,
    or will we continue to see a landscape
    Littered with blood and bullets?
    Would kindness have been bold enough to save the day?
    Does possession of conscience save humanity
    or are we a species bereft of souls?
    What’s beneath the surface and which tool
    will scrape away the crust of callousness to reveal
    the palimpsest?
    Love is always legible.


  2. Thanks, Beth! It was really fun to weave together. I feel like it’s a start, like I want to continue working with it. That’s the thing about poem-a-day. Gotta throw something down and move on to the next! 🙂


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