I am a woman of many names.
A life’s collection, in fact,
tried on in dressing rooms of elation,
false starts and infatuations, premises
designed for the backs of others.
Trying things on in ideas or people, in places I’ve been.
Discerning what fits or not, what’s priced too high,
beside what rings genuinely so
in the clear bell of my soul.
Some names remain—names I wear still.
Some interchangeable, suited well.
A collection of ideas coalesced, a coupler of connecting notes,
the jarring timpani, the repetitive litany, the well-choreographed song;
and you must know
life has come down to this in these years of gold—
I’m still the same girl I came here for.
Notes off key now and then, I was never lost, always known,
the soul of which knew well where I need to go.
It has come down to here and now, stronger for the places I’ve been,
I’m a full playing orchestra not done until the fat lady sings in clothes that fit,
with trails to be walked upon, and dreams that resound loud and strong
inside the clear ringing bell of my soul.
© 2014 S. Wolfington