Poetry of Stephanie Bennett Henry, Uncategorized

Settle Me

I want to be heartless

Gut the feelings that rip my insides

Brush it all off

Walk away like I never cared

I want to be straight-faced

Void of any emotion at all

Take these strings from my heart

Tangle them around objects

that don’t mean anything

Hold them as though they do

Take the softness from my eyes

Let them be stones

Throw them until I am hardened

Kick the pieces they split into

like the glass from the mirror,

like the smoke it all is anyway

Cover my mouth a blank surface

that only knows the color of honesty

Show me a truth

that doesn’t break itself

into a lie that exists forever

Spin my spine

like metal from the crash

that never unwinds me

from my twisting

Straighten my path

until it’s crystal clear enough

to never get lost

in the outdated map

that takes me nowhere

Give me a destination

to straightforward

Show me the way

to happiness

that never changes its mind

Settle me somewhere

in the place

where the weather doesn’t matter,

but happiness always does.

-Stephanie Bennett-Henry


2 thoughts on “Settle Me”

  1. “to never get lost

    in the outdated map

    that takes me nowhere”

    Getting lost is such maps is so damned easy. I would that we could shred them like the yellowing statements from long closed bank accounts.

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