Thumbelina

Thumbelina
by Theodora Goss

Sometimes I would like to be very small
so I could curl into a snail’s shell
or a seashell: abalone, nautilus,
even an oyster shell.  I would let the oyster
cover me with layer on layer of nacre,
come out shining.

Sometimes I would like to be very small
so I could hide myself inside a flower,
between the petals of a tulip or crocus,
inside purple or crimson walls, like a genie
in her bottle.  I would emerge covered
with pollen, riding a bee.

Sometimes I would like to be small enough
to live in the hollow of a tree, like a bird
or squirrel.  I would dress in leaves, eat acorns,
make a coat of felted fur.  I would live alone,
hiding, hiding, always hiding,
because the world is full of large things
that are too large, too loud.
Over them, I can’t hear the sea
whispering, the beat of a sparrow’s wings,
the annoyed chuff of a robin.

I would like to be small enough
to hear the dawn breaking, the tulip opening,
the sand as it shifts under each tide,
the long dream of rocks.

cock-robin-and-flower-fairy-by-kathleen-wallis-coales

(The image is Cock Robin and Flower Fairy by Kathleen Wallis Coales.)

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4 Responses to Thumbelina

  1. Forrice says:

    Your poems a very calming.

  2. sarah says:

    Beautiful. I personally don’t find it calming, but perhaps it just speaks to me differently from Forrice. I find it a little sad, and quite fierce, holding on to hope even in moments of retreat, and full of longing for a deep connection with the world … there is peace in the reminder that there are different layers of worlds and languages and connections and consciousness, and yet a lingering sadness that it’s hard these days to connect with it. But maybe I am reading to much into it. 🙂

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