I Think of “Flash Crimson” Again

For DVerse Poetics, we are using proverbs as inspiration for a poem. I really wanted to write a poem about having one’s cake and eating it too…
but the proverb I ended up choosing was, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I actually wrote this poem about 6 months ago but don’t think I’ve ever posted it, so here you go. Please read “Flash Crimson” by Carl Sandburg, which, aside from that proverb, also inspired this poem.


“I who have seen the flash of this
crimson,
Give me the last and the worst.”

This means “Bring it, pull no punches
Bitch, I vow to survive, I’ll
Win.”

Those were Sandburg’s words, which
I have heard in my own heart —
Naivety from the start.

“Give me the last and the worst” —
Was that depression rehearsed for when
I’d get more ill?

What doesn’t kill you makes you
Strongly desire to sleep a lot
Longer.

17 thoughts on “I Think of “Flash Crimson” Again

  1. “What doesn’t kill you makes you
    Strongly desire to sleep a lot
    Longer.”

    Dang. I feel that. This is such a beautiful and evocative piece here, it pierces me deeply.

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  2. I can hear the bargaining in here. There is a sense of one part of the self turning on the rest. Hopefully the part who is wreaking havoc on the rest can be convinced to leave peacefully.

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