Ruth Walters


Bones - Poem by 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………


Comments about Bones by Ruth Walters

  • Bronze Star - 2,568 Points Stephen Katona (5/31/2015 9:59:00 PM)

    I loved the way this inspirational poem danced along in my head to the tune of Dem Bones. My favourite line is:
    'my toes twist beneath my feet, connecting with hard concrete and pain, my world's crumbling but I'm on my feet again.'
    You've delivered some powerful messages:
    - Connect with nature and be free
    - stand firm when everything is crumbling around you
    - get up every time you're knocked down
    - we all have fears and suffering (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 13,409 Points Terry Craddock (4/6/2015 12:04:00 AM)

    I was waiting for my favourite the funny bone to make an appearance, or the opportunities wish bone, but at least the lazy bone was left out :) nice lines :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,268 Points Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 4:51:00 PM)

    Very clever and deep poem, Ruth (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,122 Points Leslie Philibert (4/5/2015 1:11:00 PM)

    Good poem.maybe derived from the song, but good nevertheless (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 19,508 Points Kim Barney (4/5/2015 8:54:00 AM)

    Delightful reminder of that old song Dem Bones. Unusual approach with terrific results. I was especially drawn to the line
    THE WAY YOU GET UP EVERY TIME YOU'RE KNOCKED DOWN
    because it reminded me of my poem NEVER GIVE UP.
    You are to be especially congratulated on your flawless grammar, never confusing the use of ITS and IT'S, YOU'RE and YOUR, BONE'S and BONES, as so many people on this site do.
    Most of all, congratulations on having this poem selected as Poem of the Day! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,154 Points Mj Lemon (4/5/2015 1:24:00 AM)

    What holds us together from within also connects us to life's joys and pains...Great poem...A 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 140 Points John Brown (1/3/2015 7:07:00 AM)

    A very unusual poem Ruth. Needs a few reads to fully appreciate it, methinks. (Report) Reply

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

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

  • Rookie - 121 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

  • Freshman - 508 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 5, 2015


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