Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Welcome Mat Lays Muted

“Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.”

My picture-perfect door doesn’t welcome.
The wizard’s gone vile and wicked enlists
the breath of my neighbors for war
without their consent.

We are an oddity of enemies
who want to touch, but are
divided by glass so we can’t reach.

From my zoo cage of pictured walls
 holding close to what I need to let go,
I watch birds sitting on my fence chirping,
“Now humans know how it feels to lose their wings.”

©Susie Clevenger 2020

Poetry is my journal. Welcome to my roller coaster. 


  1. Oh you have nailed it here perfectly Susie!! From the title to the closing lines, but I adore the middle stanza! Social distancing and all that is so uncertain and fearful is certainly like being caged and having clipped wings. It is so wonderful to see you at the 100th Muse Susie! Take care my friend.

  2. Beautifully put. We have indeed had our wings clipped. And using Yesterday was also inspired.

  3. "From my zoo cage" ouch! as you say, as say the birds. "now we know." Yet we cage ourselves voluntarily to escape what we think would be a worse fate. Hmm.

  4. Well said, I do feel my wings are clipped and inside my cage I sit.

  5. Yeah, I think Mother Nature is scik of being messed with and now she's snapping back.

  6. Truly Susie, you have captured these strange times well. I love the middle stanza.

  7. This is fantastic. I envy birds their innocent existence these days. Hope your family is well, Susie. Stay safe.

  8. Damn birds, need to stop that chirping. But they chirp the truth.

  9. I am glad you mentioned the Beatle song, "Yesterday". It is one of my favorites. Well, Susie, I am glad my glass walls run far and wide, I should have been president, I'da been a good one, but I won't about my life. Complaining about crummy leaders though, I will do that
    Good job on the Poem. I love your glass cage concept.

  10. You have summed our times up perfectly, Susie.