Claws in closets

“I closed the box and put it in a closet.
There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.”
― Joan Didion, Where I Was From

Can you hear its claws in closets?
My secrets hid as bleakness of
a crime, this ignorance,
petty in pretence: my sordid tardiness.
Can you feel the doldrums of its waiting?

Can you hear my losses rumbling?
Boxed, but not forgotten: calamities
both from things I said
and deceits untold.
Hid in tenderness of evasive lies,
or in painful truths.
It’s both my past and future.
Can you sense its sweetness rotting?
Can you hear its claws in closets?

Dark Forest by Ivan Shishkin

Dark Forest by Ivan Shishkin

Today we revisit prompts at toads, and my choice was to write on quotes from Joan Didion. One of her books was recently translated to Swedish, and therefore there has been some great articles about her in our newspapers. I will also link up to Poetry Pantry tomorrow morning.

Novmeber 5, 2016

34 responses to “Claws in closets

  1. Hmmm, we seem to be walking in the same forest today–soldiering and mouldering, as it were. Love the Didion quote and where you took it.

  2. My goodness, this is beautifully evocative Bjorn 🙂 especially “Boxed, but not forgotten: calamities both from things I said and deceits untold” took my breath away! Kudos ❤️

  3. claws in closets – what a powerful and emotionally raw analogy for secrets … “Hid in tenderness of evasive lies, or in painful truths.” An incredible piece of writing – so germane to so many secrets.

  4. Some great lines Björn – claws in closets is brilliant, and as for the closing “can you sense it’s sweetness rotting”…….

  5. The notion of troublesome thoughts or memories having claws and scrabbling to get out the closet is unnerving.. an excellent comparison.

  6. I suppose we all have our own clawing deceits in closets. It is a measure of our worth to face up to them and hopefully they will shrink away.

  7. Clawed in the closets, I wonder are the secrets trying to speak to be set free? I picture a bear in the woods…hmm pondering your words in the forest. You like to take the reader into dark spaces.

  8. Can you sense its sweetness rotting?
    Can you hear its claws in closets?

    Good questions and a good closing. One just has to put up with a lot of conscience-pricking in the mind!

    Hank

  9. What a coincidence – I chose the Joan Didion prompt too! I love what you’ve done with the quote – those creepy claws in the closet – and those rhetorical question: ‘Can you feel the doldrums of its waiting?’ and ‘Can you sense its sweetness rotting?’ are so dark and foreboding.

  10. I love ‘claws in closets’ and everything else you say, and the way you say it. A brilliant piece.

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