My Roots. Poetry by Melissa Fry Beasley: Old Houses

My Roots. Poetry by Melissa Fry Beasley: Old Houses

Poetry for Monday: Old Houses, by Melissa Fry Beasley

My Roots. Poetry by Melissa Fry Beasley Old Houses

Vincent van Gogh. The Church at Auvers, 1890, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Old Houses
Since I have seen you
I no longer search
For beauty among stars.
I scratched your stories
On the inside of my teeth,
So only I would know
I’m smiling them when
You are just a tease left on my tongue.
Fragrance of words uttered by your mouth.
Everything sags in your absence.
I am an old house.
Covered in cobwebs and memory,
Dust of the dying,
Brutal bruises of my thinking,
Wounded whispers that become echoes & ghosts.
Dimness only broken by late afternoon angling inside
Pushing up between patches of shade, like doubt.
I went to the man who held light
But he refused to tell me how to keep it.
Would only tell me
That to become something
I must feed it.
You are a prison I have sentenced myself to.
I do my time dreaming you,
Not noticing years have passed,
In this tracing of many journeys
I etch into the topography of your skin.
Not one but the only.
Even at 2 a.m. When you’re drunk again.
I have memorized and underlined
Every important part of you.
We spend most of our lives figuring out what we don’t want,
Instead of sharing those things we have never said but always felt
Like …….
“I’m homesick without you swimming inside me”,
“Each of my bones sing your song”,
“Without you i’m an empty carapace”
“I never wanted you to go”.
View Comments (5)
  • What a beautiful poem, Melissa! Love and love!

  • beautiful words…

  • Ali

    Beautiful, Melissa. I love the hollow ache of this piece.

  • Megan

    Really really really beautiful Melissa 😀


Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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