“SPLIT ENDS” by M. C. Lubow


Oh, yes, I used to do splits,
so flexible was I
body of a gymnast, I was told
but my mind too needed exercise

Besides when Granpop saw me
do a split on the stage &
then when I lowered my head
to the hardwood floor,
he and everyone heard a CLOP,
he issued the edict
I was to stop…I minded.
he feared I hurt my head
He put an end to it

School of hard knocks…
Knock hard on hard wood, wood, wood
knock some sense into me
I try to put my marriage back
back together, back again

If I be flexible again, again & again
but see, it is not just up to me. He rigid.
Will it split, will we split,
Will it be split ends?

M. C. Lubow

© 2010



  1. lkthayer · July 3, 2010

    So powerful Maxine! Your writing is getting really stong and succinct, much more to the heart of the matter, bravo!

  2. Alexis Rhone Fancher · July 3, 2010

    Moving, tight, wow! Like a dam has burst inside you. Brava, Maxine.

  3. Roz Levine · July 3, 2010

    This is so good. I love how you used the image of split to convey so much. Hey, my dear, me thinks you’ve split open your brain to become so free in the utterances from your soul.

  4. Angela Cohan · July 3, 2010

    Wonderful, Maxine. I love it.
    Great use of the read ‘n’ sung technique.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  5. jackie herzig · July 3, 2010


    It was so honest and bold and your best work. You have leanred to distill your stories into beautiful poetry. Bravo!

  6. Adesh Kaur · July 5, 2010

    heartfelt poem, maxine. thank you!

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