This one is a poem

On this, my last post before Valentine’s Day, I wrote you a poem…

I know it’s a little hard to read, especially that last line, so here it is all typed out…

If I loved you, I would tell you this.

I am an emotional creature,
running with scissors
after dark,
cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness.

You are
the history of love,
varieties of disturbance,
the feast of love,
a map of the world,
a good hard look,
the chronology of water,
a whack on the side of the head.

no one belongs here more than you.



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66 Responses to This one is a poem

  1. Pam February 9, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    I love it!

    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm #


    • Pam Carlson February 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

      Eyeing the bookshelves after I finished my spree of arranging book sentences, I saw one of Mark’s with the title: My Girlhood Among Outlaws. Now I want to start again! Ha!

  2. justagoobergirl February 9, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Nice, perfectly poetic.

    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Thank you. Love seems to be a theme in my reading material.

  3. jillsalahub February 9, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    This is s o c o o l…

    I am so destroying my bookshelves to write poems when I have the time!

    • j February 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Take pictures! I should do a post of all our book poems. :)

  4. Joanne Marie Firth February 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Wow, I saw what you did there. Simply amazing! Loved it.

    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      Thank you, Joanne.

  5. rita February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Oh my word. THIS just makes me love you more. xo

    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm #


  6. Tall Pajama Man February 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Don’t know what I love more… The poem itself, or Tue ingenious way you put it together. (either way, I love the author :-) )

    • Tall Pajama Man February 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

      Sorry, autocorrect got me… Should have been “the” ingenious way…

      The love still stands :-)

    • j February 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      I can fix that if you want me too, but I like “the love still stands.” xo

  7. Julia Fehrenbacher February 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Ditto what Tall Pajama Man (damn, I love that name), said. You’re brilliant, J.

    Adoring you,


    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      Awww. I was out of my own words today. xo

  8. Kathleen February 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Fantastic! You are so creative, J. Love it.

    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      Thanks, K. xo

  9. Kellie J. Walker (@YourLifeInGear) February 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm #


  10. Estrella Azul February 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    The little button at the end of the post only let me “like” this… However… I LOVE this poem, j!!! And you, of course <3

    PS: you're so funny "this one is a poem" ;-)

    • j February 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      I’m nothing if not clear on this whole poetry question. Thank you for the kind words! xo

  11. C. Fassett February 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    DELIGHTFUL creature, is what you are :)

    This beholder is gonna say it — Wow! Now THAT’s ART!

    I love this awesome poem!

    You are simply too cool for words <3

  12. j February 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I like getting called cool. Makes me strut for a little while each time it happens. Thank you, Cindy!

  13. Christie February 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    This is delicious – that’s how it makes me feel…like I just ingested something that made my body go “oooh, that felt good”. I was giggling with delight!

    • j February 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

      Best reaction EVER! xox

  14. NM (@echo90803) February 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Too cool for school you are, adorable one. What a creative way to use words when you thought you were out of your own…big cheesecake hugs.


    • j February 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      Thank you, Nancy. I woke up tender after a difficult Wednesday. I needed something fun to focus on. Like books. And love. :)

  15. June O'Reilly February 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    your poem
    like you
    in different ways
    your cape a flying
    your badassery waving
    in the stream
    smiling from your soul
    inspiring everywhere you go
    grateful I am
    to have found
    you !

    cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness. <- love this must find it

    • j February 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      I know! GREAT title. It is on my dangerously high and teetering to-be-read pile, but it may well be next. Thank you for this lovely response. I’m blushing. xo

  16. jb February 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    So cool!!! :-)
    Happy Love Day!

    • j February 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      Thank you! xo

  17. Taoist Soul February 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love you more! :D (big smile!) <3

    • j February 10, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      Awww! Big smile, back!

  18. Oh My Words! February 10, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    I love love LOVE your poem and this fantastic idea! In fact, I ran immediately to my bookshelves to do the same thing. It was a lot more difficult than I thought, and I like your result better, but man–so fun!
    Thanks so much–the creativity boost really saved my writing week!

    • Pam February 10, 2012 at 4:11 pm #


  19. j February 10, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Silly you. Yours is amazing. I read it and thought, “Damn! I should have used The Awakening.” ;) Seriously, everyone should go look at yours because it’s SO cool.

    Thanks for playing with me! xo

  20. Michael February 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Gosh, I hate to be contentious (who am I kidding – I kind of love being contentious) – this is not only a poem, but an art installation too. Poetry as art installation. You finally admit to writing a poem and already you’ve extended beyond it. You over-achiever, you. :)

    Also, it’s an amazing poem. <3

    • j February 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

      Ha! *basks in your praise* xo

  21. terrepruitt February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    SHINY!!! That is so awesome. Thank you for writing it out for us because while I love the idea of book poetry—and it makes it that much more beautiful because it is ALL kinds of ART—it was difficult for me to read. I kept getting distracted by names.

    I love this. This is so cool. This is -to me-without question BADASSERY!

    • j February 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Why, thank you! And yes, it’s cooler in the photo, but easier to read in typed up version.

  22. Darla Hitchcock February 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Sooooooo sweet!

    • j February 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      Thanks, Darla!

      • anthony adams July 10, 2013 at 7:53 am #

        wow that is so judy at least as i remember you just wow

  23. Marcie February 12, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    This is so clever and creative. Love how you’ve conceived this..and put it together. Very inspiring!

    • j February 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      And did you notice that I picked a pretty background for the picture? I’m learning. :)

  24. Nina February 14, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    So clever! I love it!

    • j February 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Thank you. It was really fun. I highly recommend it.

  25. hutch1957 February 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Awesome, great thinking

    • j February 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Thank you! (And hello. It’s been a while. It’s nice to see you again.)

  26. Laura Rae Amos February 22, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Very clever! It turned out really lovely! :)

    • j February 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      Thank you!

  27. Lisa March 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    That was so lovely and perfect. :)

    • j March 7, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      LISA! I miss you. (And thank you.)

      • Lisa March 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

        I miss you too. I’m getting back in the swing fo things though at the new space. Girl! It’s amazing how most of these books is a book I’ve been interested in reading.

    • j March 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      New space? Make sure I know when it’s visitable. xox

  28. Angie May 7, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I loved this so much that my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are working in small groups this week to make their own book title poems…thanks for the inspiration!

    • j May 7, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      Yay! That just made my day!


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