Tingling inside the entry hall, left of the foyer stairs

where guests have glanced in worry, hot, up at her shrine.

She’s not here and this is a strange, after-hours tour

any room to be cooked by flashlight, meat smells in the air.

What was that song heard coming, coming in, about gone love?

Booties forensic with quietude and task

padding up to the second floor, toes outstretching like beast noses

toward one room and crack of the next for discriminate sniff

so when it comes to choice, one follows the wits, the point of it all

as if it were a jungle night, one can’t be heard,

to her mumbled voice on tape by a bedside jug

garbling her text, her very own whisper that it’s all okay, he’s here

the country, it’s in good hands, watch: the last act’s simple comedy–

and the world goes wet, spit pearls like the ones at her neck

making it a new day in the dark, turning it upside down.

© 2012, TrulyFool. All rights reserved.

TrulyFool (1 Posts)


  1. TF,
    As always, your words are mesmerizing, and your images, divinely written. This one, as you know, is one of my favorites of yours. Welcome, dear friend, to Expats Poetry! This is quite an auspicious beginning.

    • TrulyFool (Author)


      Still working on things, but it’s a nice feel for a start!

      • Well TF, you just made my day seeing you here! We so look forward to more as time permits. Love your avatar!

  2. Welcome to Expats. What a wonderful poem! I think you’ll be a great addition around here.

    • TrulyFool (Author)

      Thanks, Janene — I’m still finding my way!

  3. T F,

    Loved the poem and the image. Welcome, and don’t be a stranger.


  4. This reads like a story, a “scene”, and puts me there confused and wondering and feeling such empathy. Love it.

  5. I’m still not sure how to comment, even after the second reading, except to say I like it. It has so many different elements and possibilities. It’s something like listening to a beautiful song in a language that I don’t understand. :)

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