an incantation to lift grief

poetry by Scott-Patrick Mitchell

an incantation to lift grief

for my sister (1968-2012)

 

come through, oh soft poem of grief:

your tiny wings breathe into me

show places where ache has sheathed

how windows can now open to allow

breeze & i am dancing i am dancing

 

come through, oh mother how it hurts:

your compassion a lantern guiding

me back to me, how tears are familial,

so welcome in your empathy, laughter

as hot as tea & just as soothing &

i love you i love you i love you

 

come through, oh healing of this hurt:

show me how my mouth has become

cathedral of love & saying your name is

prayer & ritual, a spirit lifting in

benediction, my dreams into reality

i am speaking i am speaking i am speaking

 

come through, oh smile i have missed you:

for too long you reminded me of her, gone

but now i welcome the haunting, because

to draw her back is to draw her near, here,

reflected in mirrored glass, a doorway to

the past, how she speaks from between my

lips & i am smiling i am smiling & i am

crying   

MITCHELL_HEADSHOT photo credit David Cox

Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Scott-Patrick Mitchell is a non-binary performance poet who lives and writes on Whadjuk Noongar Land in Western Australia. SPM's poetry and writing appears in journals such as Island, Southerly, Westerly, Cordite, Rabbit and Baby Teeth Journal, as well as anthologies such as Contemporary Australian Poetry and Stories Of Perth.