Wednesday, December 8, 2021

River of Eyes

“Bone by bone, hair by hair, Wild Woman comes back. Through night dreams, through events, half understood, and half remembered...” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

With the moon hanging from a question mark,

and the wolf drinking from a river of eyes,

I walk the shore of shadows searching for answers

among star shells at my feet.


Christened with the name Impatient

by Pew Huggers of the Worst Intent,

I am tongue slapped with I don’t

have enough faith if I keep dropping why

into the offering plate of affliction.  


Caught in a murder of crowing

I pace in circles trying to find my escape.


In the pfft and hiss of judgement’s posturing

the wolf howls and then speaks,

“A clock doesn’t hear, nor a calendar predict.

There are questions that will always question.

Answers you wish to never know.

Understand the flame of human will only

burn as bright as the one who strikes the match.” 

©Susie Clevenger 2021

The Sunday Muse #189


  1. You had me at River of Eyes Susie! I love how you capture your feelings and put them brilliantly and raw before us in a way only an amazing poet could do. Absolutely amazing my friend!!

  2. Carrie is right, you have gone deep inside / everything happening in your life .. to write a poem of amazing substance and insight.

  3. Hey Susie, I almost missed you! One of the definitions of a cult is group pressure never to question the leader or the dogma. If you do, you get that stuff about not having enough faith or belief. It's nonsense.

  4. Susie, this is one of my favorites of yours to date. Love the CPE quote you chose to set the tone. So many great lines in this, they tumble, enchanting, down the page. This jumped out:
    "Answers you wish to never know." So true!


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