Murmur by Hannah Andersen

It’s a horrible thing,
to be filled with so much poetry
one cannot sleep or eat
or shear the sheep or strike the wheat down.

The tongue runs fluid,
smoothed by the fluted bones
of past perceptions and passing poems.

And the poetry speaks like a dying man,
whispers into the shadows of the mind
with unrhymed words and deepest sorrow.

It beats its wings upon our dreams in earnest,
beckons to us from where the soul meets bone
with the promise of starting over again.

To listen is to hear your heart sing
with the soft whir of want
and the pain of a mother-language learned and lost.

Groping our way towards what we know of poems,
we are gutted like fish without fins or gills;
breathlessly afraid of what we might say—
paralyzed by what remains unsaid.

From the unspoken promise, comes the death of the poem:
nine words broken upon the spine of the world.

Hannah Andersen was born and raised in Southern California, where she currently resides with her husband and feline companions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and works as an Advertising Copywriter. In her free time, she likes to play with poetry.

2 Responses to “Murmur by Hannah Andersen”
  1. Hannah Andersen’s poem Murmur bleaches one’s bones and causes a guttural reaction.
    The line:
    “The tongue runs fluid
    smoothed by fluid bones
    of past perceptions and passing poems.”
    is glaring with it’s description of timeless endings…
    Bravo to a young poet with a bright future…..

  2. claudia says:

    i simply love this and think many poets can relate to the words – the breathlessness and paralyzed by what remains unsaid… great poem!

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