I thought, with a whopping three posts under my blog-belt, that I should post some explanation of the title of my blog.
"Around the Subject" is the title of a poem I wrote in college. Back then, I believed in this poem a lot. I think I sent it off to a few contests and journals, but no luck. Recently I found a folder full of my college and high school poems. Believe me, most of them were good only for a big ol' belly laugh. This one, however, I still kind of like, and I like what I meant when I wrote it.
I remember that I wasn't really writing this poem with any particular person in mind. It isn't about a boyfriend or a family member or anything like that. I was just thinking about how rarely we feel able to speak our minds with other people -- how we are mostly circling aimlessly around whatever it is we want and need to be saying.
So, it became the title of this blog. I think that's a good enough excuse to do a bit of shameless self-publishing (better than self-medicating, don't you think?).
Around the Subject
We can dance like no one else.
Your hand in the small of my back,
We delicately place one foot
In front of another,
Matching our steps to blue plastic feet
Stuck to the ground.
If we stumble I will laugh
You will bite your lip,
Then remember to smile.
It is only a dance,
A set of rules that tell us
Where to step,
Where to place our hands.