“The Corsage of Courage” by M.C. Lubow

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It’s been a while since I wore a corsage.
How I loved the special feeling
that someone thought to honor me
with fragrant flowers.

Today I woke up crying.
Today I wear my courage
in a corsage on my chest.

I confront myself. I search within,
for multicolored petals of strength,
to face a Goliath, whose passion for deprivation,
seeks to conquer all my personal territory,
every inch of me.

Today I woke up crying.
Today I wear my corsage
of courage on my chest.

Shall I surrender yet again,
lacking resolve to stand on my own?
I enter my own garden at the home
I still love, because it is my shelter.
I diagramed all the sprinklers’ spray, observed
where holy water should be conserved.
I fired the gardener last week. He didn’t listen.

Today I woke up crying.
Today I wear my courage
in a corsage on my chest.

Am I listening to my own heartbeat,
or that of Goliath?
I tried to synchronize our rhythms
on Sunday,
but our breaths fall at different rates.

Today I woke up crying.
Today I wear my corsage
of courage on my chest.

M.C. Lubow

© 2010

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13 comments

  1. lkthayer · May 22, 2010

    Oh, Maxine…reading this brought tears to my eyes, even more powerful to see it on the page. Your words & journey are very profound. You are beginning something new, a peeling of layers, unearthing raw gold, that is you. Bravo!! Welcome to the Juice Bar, it is my pleasure to squeeze you! Thank you for your courage! – LK

    • mc · May 22, 2010

      LK

      Without your strong and powerful devotion
      to the work and our community, my voice
      would reach few I’m grateful to you for this squeeze.
      mc

  2. Roz Levine · May 22, 2010

    Dear Maxine,
    You’re now standing on the high wire ready to jump off without a net. How great it is to see the evolvement of your writing life.
    Keep on keeping on.
    xoxo
    Roz

    • mc · May 22, 2010

      Roz,

      Rock of Ages, you are timeless in your vision of me…
      On the wire I am…ready to let go, with your strong support.
      TX
      mc

  3. alexis Rhone Fancher · May 22, 2010

    Your best work. A true breakthrough, Maxine. Brava!

    • mc · May 22, 2010

      Alexis,

      Your daring has impacted me in unknown ways…
      thanks for the push.

      MC

  4. Angela Cohan · May 22, 2010

    Great work Maxine.

    Such a powerful and heartbreaking piece.

    I enjoyed it.

  5. vicki batkin · May 22, 2010

    keep on rollin’ maxine. can’t wait to hear the ‘new’ future. ox vicki

    • mc · May 24, 2010

      Vicki,

      You bring Boca to “reality show” proportions…My many Boca
      trips are mute in comparison. Nora has nothing on you !

      ox
      MC

  6. Adesh Kaur · May 22, 2010

    love love love this poem. well done, maxine! thanks.

    • mc · May 24, 2010

      Adesh,

      Thanks to you, Adesh, for your energetic enthusiam..
      and your scholarly nature !
      I am yearning to delight you !

      Maxine

  7. Candice Rosales · May 23, 2010

    Extraordinary work Maxine!

    • mc · May 24, 2010

      Candice,

      Thanks, Candice, for your comment !
      Your voice is missed..please email me the piece that
      made me laugh so much..

      Thanks
      maxine

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