Collective poem from the Zoem online Poetry Reading group, August 28, 2020

Love brought me to my knees when . . .

Love brought me to my knees when it was too late, 
brought to hindsight knees; 
love brought me to my knees and my knees are still raw.

Love brought me to my knees the first time I heard The Beatles. 

Love brought me to my knees when it taught me to forgive— myself. 

Love brought me to my knees
when wild iris bloomed over my husband’s ashes. 

Love brought me to my knees when God told me I shouldn’t. 

Love brought me to my knees when my sons were married to the best daughters I have inherited. 

Love brought me to my knees when I learned gratitude— for love of self. 

Love brought me to my knees when I met my true love
Love brought me to my knees when I wed my true love
Love brought me to my knees when I lost my true love 
and now I’m still here on the floor. 

Love brought me to my knees when my first child looked up at me  from the nursery incubator,
wide eyes,
exploring the world,
but focusing on me.
Me.
Who was I? 

Love brought me to my knees when I saw my newborn son through the NICU window.

Love brought me to my knees / for a lifetime / after she walked / out of my room / and  her hurried footsteps / no longer echoed / in the hall / I lay on the bed / listening / to  the hospital’s call / moaning its sad songs/ outside my door. 

Love brought me to my knees when I said goodbye— 
good-bye good. 

Love brought me to my knees when I met you. 

Love brought me to my knees when it wrote the f-word on my blackboard.

Love brought me to my knees when the puppy had to be put down. 

I was brought to my knees by Tchaikovsy, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich,  to which I conducted my teenage trees. 

Love brought me to my knees when I realized it was heavy inside me. 

Love brought me to my knees 
when the ankles of my pride 
blew wide and left me wanting 
on the crutches of your clutches 
Love brought me to my knees 
and caught me there to lift me 

Love brought me to myself 
and recast me in it’s image.

by the Zoem Poets