Salt Is A Preservative

Sunday Whirligig – #10

salt, fault, touch, much, things, springs,
ache, shake, strength, length, pain, stain

blueSalt Is A Preservative

Pain might be salt
poured over emotional
fault line.

Staining much of its length,
straining strength of unmapped
rift, ’til it springs away
from any touch, flinches from
things that might awaken
original ache. Causing destructive

shake after untold years
of waiting.

Elizabeth Crawford 6/7/15

Notes: Sorry about my absence over the past few weeks. Still using my daughter’s computer and am in the middle of moving to a new place. My new puter is still in its packing box, awaiting delivery to its new home. This piece came straight out of the words and knew exactly where it was going from start to finish. The image is a photo I took and then played with.

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22 Responses to Salt Is A Preservative

  1. Yes. Salt and pain, tears and regret.


  2. Salt is tears.. Those days we walk in pain maybe it can give us strength though.


  3. Jae Rose says:

    Very good to see you Elizabeth – and good luck packing and moving..urgh… I read i could feel the waiting but as a preservative salt also makes things stronger until they are ready to be ‘used’ – maybe I’m wrong but it made me think of patience and a kind of positive outburst rather than a tumbling destruction


  4. oldegg says:

    Emotional pain is much like an earthquake within us. Our world tumbles down around us as westruggle to cope.


  5. vandana says:

    So, lovely interpretation


  6. Peter Coddle says:

    My emotions have so many fault lines they look like a 100 year egg. Nice writing.


  7. thotpurge says:

    Great use of the words.. Pain is the salt over the emotional fault line.. beautiful.


  8. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Emotional pain is much like having salt rubbed on..!
    Well penned 🙂


  9. kaykuala h says:

    Emotional pain tends to be more destructive. There are many ‘salt’ situations contributing that sustains the pain. Good lines Elizabeth! Hopefully your shifting house will not bear too much on you Ma’am!



  10. Sumana Roy says:

    yes when it’s no more bearable that’s exactly what happens…nice metaphors here…


  11. Mary says:

    Elizabeth, your poem really struck me. Especially that first stanza, which struck me as being so very true. And, yes, those aches can be rekindled years after…and cause destruction even after much time has passed.


  12. I really like this style. Your title really anchors the whole piece!


  13. annell4 says:

    A beautiful piece! I think it is exactly right!


  14. totomai says:

    There are problems or troubles that stay with us. They harden by times.

    But in proper timing, it can be thawed. It will melt on its own.

    Hope you’ll finish packing right away, Elizabeth. It’s one of the most challenging things to do haha


  15. X says:

    The problem with our wounds is that we seldom go through the process of actually healing them, leaving them to fester – and that allows to the salt to sink into them after so long. And the pain to return.


  16. C.C. says:

    Those first three lines….ouch, I can feel that sting!


  17. A wonderful metaphor using salt for pain as salt is our tears….I love when poems just flow right out. Moving is a stressful time so I hope it all calms down for you soon.


  18. Sherry Marr says:

    A beautiful photo and a very apt analogy – pain being the salt poured over an emotional fault line. Wow. Happy moving, kiddo. It will be wonderful, on the other side of the move. Trust me, I know these things. Cant wait for my own move, may it be soon.


  19. Myrna says:

    Wow. I love how you wove these words into such a lovely poem. Salt like pain – very original idea and thoughts. Hope your move goes smoothly and that you love you new computer.


  20. ZQ says:

    Enjoyed both the picture and the piece.


  21. glmeisner says:

    Great poem, I definitely relate to the avoiding pain.


  22. humbird says:

    It’s interesting use of salt as preservative of pain…..I’m using salt bath against the pain…to release it…but can understand emotional wounding thru years…


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