Poem: Words I Savor

Today I have thoughts about spiders.

Ackk, I know! I’m not a fan of the creepy crawly creatures, although I understand we are all necessary parts of this wonderful Earth. We each have a role. Sometimes, we take on roles that are not our true selves.

Have you ever tried to be someone other than your genuine self in order to please another person?

If so, you may be able to relate to this poem. If not, I hope you enjoy the images of spiders, steaks, and earlobes. Here is my newest poem, titled Words I Savor.

Listen to your heart - Roxette

Words I Savor

Your words move like a spider

Into the part of my mind I

Reserve for late-night dinners with

Words I savor like a tenderloin steak.

 

You speak words in lines of silk that

Extend from your lips to my earlobe, as

My heart longs to elope with your mind.

 

Your juices flow with words like disciple and contemplation

While I dip into a layer of self-torture, in

Hopes you will love me more for my sacrifices.

 

©2013 Christy Birmingham

This is christyb, hoping that your creativity shines like rays of sunshine today.

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37 thoughts on “Poem: Words I Savor

  1. Tricia Drammeh

    I think we’ve all tried to be someone else to please another person, especially in our younger years when we’re still searching for our identities. I love the final line in this poem. I can definitely relate to it–it conjures past memories of unrequited love.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Tricia, you hit the nail on the head with the term ‘unrequited love’. I think as youth we do struggle with what is our true identity. Some people continue to do so into adulthood… I am glad my identity has large pieces of poet and to have friends such as yourself.

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  2. Veronica Shine

    I believe we always act differently in varied situations even as adults. Some of these evolve into our personal makeup and while others are transitory.

    For instance with our peers we act one way while with authority figures another. We tend to be more formal while dressed up than when donning a tee and a pair of jeans. The mind is always evolving whether it is from reading a book, experiencing political turmoil, witnessing an accident or falling in love.

    PS – Great Poem Christy!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Great analysis, Veronica. I had thought initially that we could overcome the masks but perhaps they are indeed a part of human nature.. Thanks for offering me words to stop and ponder. Your support here is wonderful xx

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  3. authormjlogan

    Great poem. You have a talent for taking the common and turning it into poetry about something else.

    On the spider fondness thing… just think of them as fast moving protein, with you at the top of the food chain. O.O

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  4. Janine Huldie

    In my youth, I totally tried to be someone else to especially with my ex, who I thought I loved so much and in the end I learned you can’t change who you are for anyone or anything. Beautiful as always Christy and Happy Monday!!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Hi Eric, I do think that through self-development we can begin to put aside the masks and instead pick up and put together pieces of our authentic selves. Nice to see you, my friend.

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  5. Red

    I love the use of disciple. So passive aggressive making you believe it is all your idea; ergo, if it fails and you hurt, you are at fault. It does leave the feel of spider silk stuck to the face. Great poem, Christy. xxx

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Aha, you are the only one to point out the passive aggressive voice here, Red! Glad you picked up on that point. Many people are put off by the word ‘spider’ but it is a metaphor here. Nice you appreciate it xx

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  7. Eric~

    I love every single word and phrase. Especially “My heart longs to elope with your mind”

    The spider silk metaphor is brilliant. Very nicely done. I follow now. 🙂

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  8. rollyachabot

    Hi Christy… I do think there is always a little give and take in any friendship or relationship. It becomes unhealthy when the change become manipulative and controlling. Good that you have seen the spider… hugs as always

    Rolly in Alberta

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  9. jeff fedor

    I feel that the spider represents a place in the mind where confused thoughts are Love him,love him not,Will I stay with him or move on,Is this what I want.And the web is all this connected together in our lives showing us the way.Which path will we take.Deep meanings in this poem.

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