Being With You

Being “With” You

is like watching grass grow:
your signs of love are subtle,
and your roots are frail, like threads
barely holding on.
Simple in your structure, or rather
your lack thereof,
a flimsy culm to keep you sturdy,
and it barely ever does.
In a smile, or in the way
you ask for a glass of water—
I go days waiting for a gesture,
dry soil in the midst of drought.
You just sit there, idle,
taking in the chlorophyll
growing and growing
drunk with the rays of sun.

Reaching out to me like a rhizome ,
like a secret in the night,
and I submit—a sinking sunset
drowning in the sea.
Then I lay drained,
a hose, after watering the grass,
all coiled up, wanting to burst.
I wanted to tell you how it feels,
and it’s like watching grass grow:
a long tedious process
taking days, weeks for some results.
Fertilizing patches, plucking away weeds,
all for what? I know that I’ll just
mow it all away.

-Maria Dontas


About loyolapoets

The Greyhound Collective Poetry Revival would like to consider “mission statement” in its simplest terms. Rather than reiterate the boundaries of our task, we simply express our aim: to become a mission – a party of individuals sent out into the world with a message meant to unveil a uniting principle of truth. We define this message as “poetry.” We promote poetry as a viable and vivid art form, alive and accessible. Freed from its ivory tower, our poetry will breathe life into an ailing form while fostering an artful relationship with the greater community. We assert ourselves under the following mantra: “your mouth is a sign of how sacred your life actually is.” As a collective, we write to be sanctified. View all posts by loyolapoets

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