The House of Things You’ve Known

You must enter the dream
Like a rose petal unfolding
At midnight
Making no sound
And appearing not to move

The journey that is not a journey
Begins and ends on a rose petal
Unfolding

The rose has grown wild
Against a broken trellis
And an abandoned house
That sags with absence
This dream place would be barren

But for the rose
Petal unfolding
Grown wild against silence

Which you cannot break
Even if you could be heard
And what you will not say
Is all that remains of this house
The house of things you’ve known

The rose petal
Unfolding at midnight
Is why you have come

Not the broken window
Which allows time to seep
In and out of absence
Curling over and through
And past

You must exit the dream
You have seen enough
Been enough alone

Unable to start or end
The journey that is not a journey
While you were dreaming
The rose petal unfolded
Though neither of you moved

12 thoughts on “The House of Things You’ve Known

  1. kathrynmartins1 May 18, 2012 / 7:26 PM

    I adore these, Rae. So good:

    “And what you will not say
    Is all that remains of this house
    The house of things you’ve known”

    “You have seen enough
    Been enough alone”

    • Rae Spencer May 18, 2012 / 8:09 PM

      Thank you! I’ve been holding this one for a while, not entirely convinced that it was finished. Today, I decided to set it free.

  2. Betty Hayes Albright May 19, 2012 / 1:40 AM

    Rae, this is a beautiful poem – it (and the photo) took my breath away!
    I especially love:

    Not the broken window
    Which allows time to seep
    In and out of absence
    Curling over and through
    And past

    That just makes me go “wow!!”

    • Rae Spencer May 19, 2012 / 4:41 PM

      Thank you! I love it when people say “wow”!

  3. mike585 May 19, 2012 / 4:03 AM

    Beautiful, Rae!

      • mike585 May 19, 2012 / 5:45 PM

        I don’t know, Rae. I have stayed away from them since my 6th visit.

        • Rae Spencer May 19, 2012 / 10:02 PM

          I would not be able to resist the temptation!

  4. timelesslady May 19, 2012 / 8:44 PM

    Ahhh….I loved the first two lines. Beautiful poem and photograph.

  5. bardessdmdenton May 22, 2012 / 1:15 PM

    Fluid, enigmatic and lyrical…a really lovely poem. So glad you let it unfold and set it free!

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