Sledgehammer

Sledgehammer

A Poem by Zoe Richardson
"

A moment in the grist mill of life

"

I am thinking of a falling stone

How the landing ripples

Earth and water

Air and elemental fury

 

We are slaves to

The dropping of slate or granite

Of limestone or scale or gravel

We are churt crushed into powder

 

All of us are women caught

In adultery with no Jesus

To intervene and the weight

Comes crashing against the frame

 

We are houses of sticks

For the wolf to take as tinder

Something fragile something born

Something here that cannot last

 

It wrecks us all the

Flight of fossils but where

Do we go when the light

Of the petrified forests

 

Burns no more


-Zoe Richardson (2021)

© 2021 Zoe Richardson


Author's Note

Zoe Richardson
Stones. Sticks. Words. Let them fly!

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well now poetess, story teller and perhaps spinner of tall yawns. such welcome pleasure you have brought to these most often boring pages! somehow i doubt you are 'new' as one might say.
an interesting comparison between stones and women taking no caution no wind no prisoners!
where does one go when the fires burn no more? deep within.
a most thoughtful and precise measure of that you see in the mirror.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

I am new to this website. Not new to poetry. How clever of you to notice! And how interesting your i.. read more



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Hi Zoe, you certainly make the words fly. Adultery, a scourge in a woman's world. Indeed, the knowledge would strike like a sledgehammer. Why it ever happens I will never know. Another powerful write from your pen, Zoe. Outstanding work. Have a wonderful Friday. Hugs always....Mike.

Posted 9 Months Ago


Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

You can see the consequences of adultery here, can't you? It's actually about growing older, facing .. read more
shadrach hah

9 Months Ago

Hi Zoe, it is strange how we sometimes write our work with a specific thought in mind but the reader.. read more
All of us are women caught
In adultery with no Jesus

WOW! these are some amazing words here,
Such an intriguing write.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

"women caught in adultery with no Jesus"
sighs of Mary Magdalene ---
j.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

your title drew me in Zoe .. i like the work you have done with stones and sticks ;) and i like the turn to abstract in the closing .. sparks the imagination .. we are all fragile yet strong at the same time .. timing and circumstance can make all the difference in the world as to how we react to unforeseen adversity or squashing slate (love that slate line) hardened hearts and petrified forests are one and the same aren't they .. thought provoking read says i!
E.
ps. what in the world did you say to Sami to upset him so much? he is always such a gentleman .. his poetry rich and many times very romantic .. none of my business of course; but i hope you patch things up with him ..

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

sounds like one of your pages has been hacked .. that would make a lot of sense .. Sami may not even.. read more
Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

Thank you. I am going to change it right now!
Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

:) ...............................
well now poetess, story teller and perhaps spinner of tall yawns. such welcome pleasure you have brought to these most often boring pages! somehow i doubt you are 'new' as one might say.
an interesting comparison between stones and women taking no caution no wind no prisoners!
where does one go when the fires burn no more? deep within.
a most thoughtful and precise measure of that you see in the mirror.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

I am new to this website. Not new to poetry. How clever of you to notice! And how interesting your i.. read more

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Added on November 8, 2021
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Zoe Richardson
Zoe Richardson

Cordova, AL



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Alabama native. Poet and storyteller and all around word nerd. I practice random acts of insanity because the world needs some shaking up. more..

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