Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Just As You Left It

your shoes are just as you left them:
grass caught in creases of the soles,
laces untied,
scent of foot sweat–
subtle, not overpowering;
appearance neat.

inanimate objects imitate life
between these walls,

for my heart is just as you left it:
with one chamber heavier than the others;
unspoken words caught in creases of my soul,
future plans untied,
scent of body sweat caught in my bed–
subtle, not overpowering;
appearance neat.

intimate objects imitate love
between these walls.

6 responses

  1. All I can say about this poem is Wow!…just an excellent poem that is perfect in just about every way I can think about it.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

  2. Thank you!

    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

  3. I love the play on inanimate vs. intimate objects. Beautiful work as usual, Farah ❤

    July 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

  4. Beautiful, all of it, every word. And the pic is fabulous as well. Such a strong voice you have honed over time, but filled with a glorious rainbow of emotions and realities.


    July 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

  5. you always have such a poignant way of phrasing things,… of using certain (sometimes everyday) images to paint a picture of emotions

    this is so very wonderfully done with this one!

    July 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

  6. Gabrielle

    Wow I love this!
    I came here completely by accident and in a kind of roundabout way, but I’m so glad I did 🙂 Thank you for publishing!

    August 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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