Susan Cava

Rookie (New York)

Let Her Walk - Poem by Susan Cava

Let her walk.

Take away everything I am
Let all the materials that defined me fade away
And let her walk

The steel of my courage is beginning to melt
If doubt did not exist…
Let her walk

There is a gorgeous sun in the afternoon and she is asleep
I’ve learned to beg

A story is not meant to end in the middle chapter
A different medicine…Her left leg is so weak…
How will I ever walk again?

The awful quiet of being alone
Flew like sparrows breaking from a cage
When she came to this bent tree

She is me
Her smile ruptured as well
There is no gold on the path right now

The waves went out further and the tide no longer pulled
She saved me

Why can’t I save her?

There is nothing dutiful about this
I am selfish, I want her back

Rip my heart out and give it to someone else
Just let her walk

It’s getting harder
The longer she doesn’t walk, the longer I can’t either
She doesn’t even remember how to laugh

I left her for a moment and the lion left the house with me
The familiar beast did not roar
The fear of who she no longer was left her shaking

Everything I do is so that it will come back and let her walk
I tell her to eat and she does
I tell her to stand and she cannot
I tell her to drink and she does
I tell her to walk and she cannot

Let her walk.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

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