Tuesday, October 11, 2011

“Send Supplies”

[For your Tuesday: another romp with the inimitable Barbie Dockstader Angell thru halls where allegory & surreality commingle with wit & melancholy—enjoy!]

Send Supplies

The fridge is stocked with Sadness.
The cupboard’s full of Pain.
The coffee reeks of Madness
and the tea is made from rain.
I keep a piece of Confidence
in the top left dresser drawer.
It’s locked up safe from Loneliness
‘till I make it to the store.
I’ve made up a new shopping list.
It has everything I need.
From Peace of Mind to a cup of Bliss
And Love that grows from seeds.
But I can’t escape the shell I’m in.
I just can’t seem to leave.
I’d really like to start again,
but I can’t get a reprieve.
They won’t deliver anymore.
They say I’m too far gone.
And I really can’t get past the door.
I think that something’s wrong.
The spice rack’s full of Bitterness
and the recipes call for a Smile.
I know one was left by a long ago guest,
but it hasn’t been seen in a while.
My Heart is asleep in the freezer.
My Joy is decayed in the hall.
My Spirit’s come down with a fever.
My teardrops are staining the walls.
I’m trying to capture a wish or two.
They were making a break for the door.
I’m hoping that they’ll see me through,
just ‘till I get to the store.

Barbie Dockstader Angell
© 2009-present


  1. Wonderful stuff - you could take any one line of that and turn it into a picture.

  2. Hi Alan: A very apt description! Thanks so much.

  3. I’m trying to capture a wish or two.
    They were making a break for the door.

    All of this poem is plaintive, but especially these lines. And the one about Joy decaying in the hall made me shiver.

  4. alan, thank you. :) i just may try that sometime.

    john, as always....my thanks. :)

    hkatz, lovely, thank you. :) when i perform that piece, i practically whisper the part about the wishes.

  5. Hi HKatz & Barbie!

    HKatz: Oh, I liked those lines a lot! Yes, this is a bit of a dark poem, but a really good one. Thanks!

    Barbie: Interesting about the performance detail. Thanks too for responding to the commenters; I know you always do & I really appreciate it :)

  6. I think this is thr most beautiful poem I've read in years. It actually brought a tear to my eye. It is simply amazing.

  7. thank you shanne....you may be my favorite reader ever. :)

    i'm so thrilled you enjoyed it so much.

  8. Hi Shanne: It's pretty great, isn't it? There's a new poem (& artwork!) by Barbie Angell here every other Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by.


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