Nod of thanks to Wendy Miller Olapade for sharing this Roedel poem. Roedel is a writer and comic. I love this poem for it’s narrative of divorced brain and heart (telling it like it is for so many of us). I also love it for it’s narrative of invitation (to welcome breath).
Enjoy the excerpt below. And the whole piece on Roedel’s site.
The Anatomy of Peace
my brain and heart divorced
a decade ago
over who was to blame about how big of a mess I have become
eventually, they couldn’t be in the same room with each other
now my head and heart share custody of me
last evening, my gut asked me if I was having a hard time being caught between my heart and my head
this morning, while my brain was busy reading tea leaves
and while my heart was staring at old photographs
I packed a little bag and walked to the door of my lungs
before I could even knock she opened the door with a smile and as a gust of air embraced me she said
“what took you?”