-grand theft-

9/11/10 This evening I said to Roger, “I feel like writing a grand and wonderful poem. What should I write about?” He answered, “Theft.”   I don’t think that’s a topic that begs to be made into a grand and wonderful poem. But I wrote about it anyway.

grand theft

has a romantic ring to it
when my heart is the stolen article
and you – the sole conspirator behind the plot

unlike thievery of my possessions
(which I value far less)
in the darkness of midnight
or an abandoned moment

maybe the charm of it
is that you, while my heart was still guarded,
waltzed right in
and grabbed it, savored it,
took it right out from under my nose
while i was watching.

i never even felt the loss…

the beauty of it
is that in spite of taking everything i had,
my most treasured possession,
(in part because you also stole my
loneliness, insecurities, fears)
you left me feeling as if
i’d made a fair trade.

I wrote this a year and a half ago and forgot all about it. My friend Emily reminded me of it – so I found it and read it and thought, “Wow. That was really good. Definitely grand and wonderful.”

And I just admitted that publicly. What am I becoming?


About ruthie.voth

Wife of one, mother of four, friend of many. Lover of details, color, good conversations, finding balance, and being honest. Passionate lover of a well-crafted sentence - even more so if it's witty. Weird blend of cynical optimist. I'm the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenance, but I think I'm low maintenance. Somehow, people still love me. Must be grace.
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4 Responses to -grand theft-

  1. Jeannie Smith says:

    As I see it, you are becoming comfortable with blessing us with your talents and gift for words, given to you by God. Not sharing them for “gain or applause” but becoming comfortable in your own skin. 🙂


  2. mennodave says:

    I would call it a grand bargain rather than grand theft ….


  3. joycemoyerhostetter says:

    Lucky man to be loved so well.

    I totally love that he stole your lonelieness, insecurities, and fears which is, of course, why you can say that your poem is grand and wonderful. It is! Definitely!


  4. mennodave says:

    I should also have said that it is a wonderful poem. You have a real talent for putting thoughts and feelings into words. When I read you and other writers, I often think, “That’s just how I feel about that.” I know I operate at a feeling level, but often don’t know how to express it.


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