A Long Lost Poem

I have been writing more lately, after a long (multi-year) hiatus from any writing other than blogging and journaling. I used to write poetry—buckets of it. At one point I was all set up to start an MFA in poetry writing, but things fell apart, and then visual art walked back into my life and I followed.

Writing constantly weaves into my visual work—sometimes I feel like my drawings are kind of like poetry fragments—but I haven’t sat down and tried to write a poem for a poem’s sake in a long time. I’ve shared many words on this blog, including of course the bits I write for my drawings, but for some reason it feels safer {less vulnerable} to share things this way, and I feel like I’ve never shared any true poem of mine {kind of like I’m a closet poet}. Lately, I’ve picked up the pen again, and I can feel some things coming back to me—mainly the will to write.

While I’m not yet brave enough or ready enough to share with you anything I’ve written really recently, I was just perusing a file on my computer titled “poetry” that has a bunch of drafts of poems I’ve written and worked on from time to time. I found one poem in there that I have absolutely no recollection of ever writing, and it stole my heart. I almost wanted to check with someone somewhere to make sure it was mine. I was just so surprised by it. It gives me much heart about poetry and writing and the beauty of making things, and I wanted to share it with you. And so, here it goes . . .

Poems Anywhere

some days
I would go to a cabin,
find my poems in pine needles
or the quaking of birds,

but then the squeaking fat tires
of the auto repair truck
roll by,
and I find a poem
in my purple lunchbox:
the pink
girl runs the duck,
speckled, into

and in here
my books whisper
like a church
and the window
is sungreen
dangling down,

poems come like rain
hang on like air,
loud and lonely
thin and homely

6 Responses to “A Long Lost Poem”

  1. 1 Geoff M. Pope January 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Not many poems
    can keep me up
    or wake me up
    at one a.m.,
    but this one
    did, especially
    with the last
    eight lines!


  2. 2 Kerri January 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Wow! The first four lines gave me goose bumps! Love it x

  3. 3 erasmith January 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Here here! It’s that last stanza that really makes it perfect.

  4. 4 Marianne Bland January 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I know it’s hard to share poetry- what is it about poems that makes you feel so much more naked than images?- but I’m so glad you did. This really is lovely. I feel like you have such a toolbox of amazing creative skills at your disposal, my dear.

  5. 5 Amy January 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh, Nicole, thank you for sharing this! I love it–and most especially that final stanza. Delicious. I can’t wait to read more of what you’ve been working on.

  6. 6 Malea January 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love the idea of books whispering. Thank you for sharing!!!

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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