Rachel Eliza Griffiths Poetry & Photography

www.rachelelizagriffiths.com

"All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was." - Toni Morrison

(From my Water, Women Narratives, 2011).


Heart to Heart

by Rita Dove



It’s neither red
nor sweet.
It doesn’t melt
or turn over,
break or harden,
so it can’t feel
pain,
yearning,
regret.
It doesn’t have
a tip to spin on,
it isn’t even
shapely—
just a thick clutch
of muscle,
lopsided,
mute. Still,
I feel it inside
its cage sounding
a dull tattoo:
I want, I want—
but I can’t open it:
there’s no key.
I can’t wear it
on my sleeve,
or tell you from
the bottom of it
how I feel. Here,
it’s all yours, now—
but you’ll have
to take me,
too.
Heart to Heart
by Rita Dove
It’s neither red
nor sweet.
It doesn’t melt
or turn over,
break or harden,
so it can’t feel
pain,
yearning,
regret.

It doesn’t have
a tip to spin on,
it isn’t even
shapely—
just a thick clutch
of muscle,
lopsided,
mute. Still,
I feel it inside
its cage sounding
a dull tattoo:
I want, I want
but I can’t open it:
there’s no key.
I can’t wear it
on my sleeve,
or tell you from
the bottom of it
how I feel. Here,
it’s all yours, now—
but you’ll have
to take me,
too.
Signs, Mississippi, 2013. 

Signs, Mississippi, 2013. 

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”  - Frida Kahlo

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”  - Frida Kahlo

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Just.Because.

Just.Because.

This was a fantastic conversation, “Poetic Explorations” with fellow poets at the 2013 Poets Forum at the New School in NYC. 
Here’s a clip discussing some of my influences and the process in writing some of the poems in my last collection, Mule & Pear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haQ_hYQ_tjs
(click on photo for direct link to video).

This was a fantastic conversation, “Poetic Explorations” with fellow poets at the 2013 Poets Forum at the New School in NYC. 

Here’s a clip discussing some of my influences and the process in writing some of the poems in my last collection, Mule & Pear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haQ_hYQ_tjs

(click on photo for direct link to video).

                        “Art is whatever makes you proud to be human.”
                                                               Amiri Baraka (1934 - 2014)

                        “Art is whatever makes you proud to be human.”

                                                               Amiri Baraka (1934 - 2014)


The universe bears your star forever, Madiba. Peace & Thank You. 

The universe bears your star forever, Madiba. Peace & Thank You