Opposition, a poem

by | Apr 15, 2016 | Musings, Poetry | 6 comments

In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to write at least one poem. When I woke up this morning I had an idea in mind, so I worked with it a while. This poem is the result. I expect it’ll change a bit over time. Why not add a poem of your own in comments? Previously published work is fine with me if you hold the copyright andif  it’s fine with the poem’s publisher.

By Laura McHale Holland

good bad up
down life
death heaven
hell in opposition
the world

inside outside yin
yang hot
cold love
hate to accept
one deny the other
is to capture a flame
with skin
is impossible

smart stupid rich
poor sweet
sour pure
tainted in struggle
perfection lures
an imperfect world

A poem from a different time

Another poem came to mind this morning. It was written by my mother when she was a schoolgirl. Titled “Today,” it’s a reminder to take constructive action instead of wishing the day away. I think she wrote it to herself. It’s especially touching because she could not hear her own message when, as a young mother, she committed suicide. For her, finding value in the day she ended her life must have been like trying to grasp fire with skin. I don’t have the poem on hand right now, but when I find it, I’ll post it here.


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  1. M.L. Millard

    Not Cool

    I’m holding her coat
    She won’t meet my eyes
    As she comes to retrieve it

    “It’s not cool
    To be seen with your mom”
    I know she doesn’t believe it

  2. Nina Tepedino

    I will also post a poem for National Poetry Month…..from my newly published collection of poems, WOMAN WANDERING 1975-2015..available on Amazon.com

    Mother Earth

    Your skirts are the clouds you shake to make it rain.
    Your red lips are the blossoms from many cultured gardens.
    Your hair is braided from the vines encircling the sphere.
    Your tears spill forth from the melting ice caps.
    Your heart is full of ocean churning warming waves of worrying,
    like mothers do.
    Your patient prayers giving us time to learn new ways,
    like mothers do.

    Nina Tepedino

  3. Laura

    Thank you for sharing this poem from your new book, Nina. I look forward to savoring more.

  4. Laura

    I love how you’ve captured in so few words an experience specific to you but one many people can identify with because we’ve gone through something similar either as as a parent or as a child, or maybe both.

  5. Barbara Toboni

    I liked your poem, Laura. Opposites is a good concept for a poem. Also sorry about your mother. Hope you do find that poem. It’s quite a keepsake.
    Here’s one from my book, Undertow. I named the collection after this poem.


    Life rushes in waves
    Engulfs you and if it wants
    Lets you spring for breath

  6. Laura

    Thanks, Barb. That’s a beautiful poem. 15 words only, plus the title, and look what power those words have!

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