Saturday Poetry – ‘Good Bones’ – Maggie Smith
This week’s Saturday Poetry brings you the soul-stirring poem titled ‘Good Bones’ by Maggie Smith. For this edition of Saturday Poetry, we have paired Smith’s emotive words with mobile art by the talented @leoleoparis with the captivating artwork untitled complementing the poem’s essence beautifully, creating a symphony of emotions.
Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017), The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005)
To view the others we have published in this section, go here.
‘Good Bones’ by Maggie Smith
Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful.
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