Round and Round We Went

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Round And Round We Went

It looks like lunacy
This repeating of mistakes
And words, in the ditch, in the gutter, stuck in the groove of
Well intended emphasis
Pounding it out and dancing ’round

Peace comes in the dancing in circles like a spinning top only
If you are two in a tulle skirt
In the kitchen, giddy young
Drunk on air and youth

But we know it all and this and that and
A thing or two of circling round like fighters in the ring
Someone always gets bloodied up
Black eyes, the mark of the warrior who fought hard
No need for
White flags or olive branches, doves
Nothing stops us until we are down for the count
We lick out wounds, healing hidden in the tongue
The same one which spoke the wounds

But now the circle has been broken
I released you at last
You flew off straight and strong, headlong into the unknowing, surely you knew
Freedom came in the unfurling of my weary white knuckled boney hands

Now we dance, we are new and two again
Walking in a straight line, side by side

And I stand alone now
Circling the cross
Quiet warrior, retired from the ring

It looks like lunacy
To those who never knew

A quiet warrior, retired from the ring

One thought on “Round and Round We Went

  1. Elizabeth…….I think I know what this poem is about and I can definitely relate. Spending too much time ‘in the ring,’ myself.
    These words are powerful:
    “And I stand alone now
    Circling the cross
    Quiet warrior, retired from the ring
    It looks like lunacy
    To those who never knew
    A quiet warrior, retired from the ring”

    It DOES look lunacy to surrender and let Jesus do the speaking….
    (‘surrender’ is my word for the year…everywhere I go. Sigh).

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