Ruth Walters


The toe bone's connected to
lush grass, early mornings, bird song

The heel bone's connected to you,
how you look when you're ahead

The foot bone's connected to determination,
how you keep going when all is crumbling

The leg bone's connected to your fears,
your wobbles, how you need support

The knee bone's connected to your knee jerk
reactions to this crazy world

The thigh bone's connected to your inner strength
that helps you take control

The back-bone's connected to work,
hard work, hard work, sheer hard work

The neck bone's connected to anguish
a shattered life, struggles, tears, pain.

The head bone's connected to suffering,
the way you look when you're distraught.

The neck bone's connected to perception,
the world, its selfishness, its unfairness

The back bone's connected to the wall,
the wall I keep my back to, it's safe.

I have no backbone or I would have stood up to her, to him, to them,
conquered their silences, carried on.....

The thigh bone's connected to
the way you get up every time you're knocked down _

the soldier who took the bullet, crawled to save his comrades,
the child who called for help to save its mother

The knee bone's always connected to reactions,
decisions, needs, your needs, my needs…

The foot bone's connected to running,
running away, I want to run and hide

my toes twist beneath my feet, connecting with hard concrete and pain, my world's crumbling but I'm on my feet again.

My foot bone's powerful, leads from the front,
lets me fight another day, my foot bone's survival,

connected to life, lush grass, summer, early mornings, bird song
forests, the sky, the trees, my freedom………

Submitted: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Edited: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Topic of this poem: Life

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  • Rookie Sonja S (9/17/2013 2:25:00 AM)

    Inner strength, perseverance, tenacity the years bring. Great poem: -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Sj Holland (8/14/2013 5:29:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful, unusual poem. I especially like...The thigh bone's connected to
    the way you get up every time you're knocked down _
    the soldier who took the bullet and crawled to save his comrades
    the child who dialed 999 and saved its mother... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 287 Points Vanessa Hughes (1/14/2013 1:50:00 PM)

    Love this poem Ruth. The way you've used the lines of Dem Bones is very clever and the how the wheel of life turns bringing ups and downs and how we cope or struggle. Its a very ingenius poem, I love it. Nessy x (Report) Reply

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