Is it true that sadness is thick and melancholy is thin?   Leave a comment


Is it true that sadness is thick and melancholy is thin?

From Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions

it’s true that sorrow’s thick blanket

settles on shoulders

pushes into bones

as true as a girl’s thick braid

cut off as punishment

true as the thick-soled boot cracking the back

of the black beetle

thick as the dog shedding his last fur

onto her body

it’s true that melancholy lurks its thin sheaf

of self

seeps

unexpected where memories

live

the woman combing her hair

remembers father’s scissors

cutting, cutting her braid

melancholy wraps its coat

of hesitation,   asks

“are you enough?” “are you?”

then pulls it’s glum

coat tighter and say’s

“I’m thin. Not a thick blanket like sadness.

Constant ache or sharp pain what do you want

thick or thin? We both lick your bones clean.”

Mary Strong Jackson

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