Of Glass and Straw


I’m swimming in glass…

my crazy on display

in wide eye view

of those who ladle

opinions over my skin

to see if I can survive

the undertone.


In a sea of stones

it is the last straw

that pulls me toward freedom.


©Susie Clevenger 2020

The Sunday Muse #136


  1. Grasp that last straw. It will take you there!

  2. YOU, a survivor if ever I knew one. Lovely writing as always, Susie.

  3. A truth I am certain you know very well. As Helen said, you are a survivor and a gorgeous poet my friend!

  4. I like the way you ended with a reach toward freedom — be that escape or reconciliation.

  5. Our challenges make us leap

    Happy Sunday


    much love...

  6. "Swimming in glass" describes the current situation so well, Susie--transparent, yet wounding and sharp. Where you can't hide from that ladle, where you are indeed both victimized and freed by the sheer pain which you must transcend. Wonderful writing.

  7. Love the last pair of images (the stones and the straw) & how they transformed the water into solid ground. This feels like an abstract fairy tale (in the sense of a journey and the effort of overcoming obstacles).

  8. "I’m swimming in glass… / my crazy on display" - great! I love this too: "In a sea of stones" - the language takes us to into hardness.

  9. From your lips to God's ears, girl. Been there, done that, got the tee shirt! I especially like the ladled opinions. May they choke on them.

  10. The lady of twisted Idioms. I love the undertone but I dare not use it.

  11. it is the last straw
    that pulls me toward freedom.

    One is expected to be able to find a way out of a tight situation. Exactly Susie!



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