You know what they say. When it comes to love, opposites attract. Spoken word poet Sarah Kay gets us into the mood for Valentine’s Day with her grin-inducing, soft bristled verse (no gargling required).
THE TOOTHBRUSH TO THE BICYCLE TIRE They told me that I was meant for the cleaner life; that you would drag me through the mud. They said that you would tread all over me, that they could see right through you, that you were full of hot air; that I would always be chasing, always watching you disappear after sleeker models— that it would be a vicious cycle. But I know better. I know about your rough edges and I have seen your perfect curves. I will fit into whatever spaces you let me. If loving you means getting dirty, bring on the grime. I will leave this porcelain home behind. I’m used to twice-a-day relationships, but with you I’ll take all the time. And I know we live in different worlds, and we’re always really busy, but in my dreams you spin around me so fast, I always wake up dizzy. So maybe one day you’ll grow tired of the road, and roll on back to me. And when I blink my eyes into morning, your smile will be the only one I see. ~ from No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014)
Clever, refreshing, quirky, unexpected. This poem made me an instant Sarah Kay fan. Love the extended metaphor, the fearless puns. I admit I hadn’t considered love between inanimate objects before, but that’s precisely why Sarah’s work is such a joy. You may not know where she’s going to take you, only that the ride will be worth it.Continue reading