Saturday, January 12, 2019

Hollow/imaginary gardens with real toads


Hollow is everything
Hollow is the snow
Hollow is white
A bell without a clapper

Rings hollow
I hear your voice
And it is hollow, too
A hollow man without a heart

I have heard of such a thing
A hollow story of echo
And it echoes back
A hollow sound

I find a shell on the beach
Pick it up
No one home
Hollow is a shell

A hollow shell
Left alone
Hollow is sand
Hollow is my home

January 1, 2019


Toni Spencer said...

This is one of your best Annell. I love the last line in particular. Reminds me of my ocean in January.

Brendan MacOdrum said...

Empty but o so resonant -- like yearning ...

wisteria said...

Aww, this is so loving --- as if you love him so much you will fill his heart in its empty places, even if you get nothing back. This is real love. <3

Margaret said...

a hollow man... that is sad. but the hollow canyon - that I think would be beautiful to fill with echoes. Well penned

WildChild47 said...

that 3rd stanza Annell - it's the pivot in this poem - and I love it! but then, this poem is so full - rich for the repetition and the clarity of images ... and it translates the emptiness and loss so well;

a most excellent poem. it truly is very captivating and beautiful.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the repetition of the word hollow, and its different echoes in the things you mention - bell, voice, person, shell.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I could see each hollow place in my mind as you depicted it.

Kim Russell said...

I like the way hollow echoes through your poem, Annell, and the different kinds of hollow. I think most of have known a hollow man without a heart, but the hollow shell and hollow home sound lonely.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Oh this is incredibly evocative, Annell!

Anmol (HA) said...

Oh, this hollowness aches to be fulfilled! I love how you evoked this universal emotion.

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