Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Word List Wednesday #3

This week I challenged myself with some words from the poem Full of Rain, The World by Ramola Dharmaraj as it appeared in Best American Poetry 1994.


Word List:

rain
south
grain
murmuring
stone
plow
west
winnowing
desire
smoke
breath
swollen
stalk
spelling


I was inspired by the mystical reflection of the twin flame and the push and pull idealization of lost love.  Perhaps we are just souls dancing across the bodily dimensions of each other.  Maybe our hearts touch in other ways that are unknown to this physical realm.






The Unopened Thing Between Us

I always imagined the movement of your
Lips and hands, a sort of rain,
Words like water, quick and swift
And slowly moving south, and your
Eyes, two magenta spheres of blue sky,
Un-blinkable of new love, you’d hold
Their conscious hostage to watch me sleep.

My nights alone with only the black
Beep of untouched promises across a screen,
Words as flat and unbreathed as the dark square
Of window space whose dark question ground
Desire against my hands like stone against the
Stalk of what was never said.
And my throat, swollen of soliloquies,
Always murmuring a breath-full of stars
Against silk pillows where your head
Never laid, a sort of mishap we stumbled into,
A space meant for your face, never filled
And so I’d run my hands across the lumps of fabric,
Each ruffle a smooth-skinned contour of your muscle,
my mind too brittle of your absence to un-imagine.

All those moons I could not sleep, slumbered thought
Would churn my brain of you:  part-secret
And part obsession, I’d imagine the blink
Of your sleep-heavy lids and watch the morning
Sun slowly plow the sky westward,
Silently willing time to guide you closer to me.
Silly girlish wishes winnowing beneath
The empty thread-spool of my unspun heart
Spelling seconds backward, wishes swelling
From my chest like grainy seeds I sprinkle 
into sheets full of dreams that slowly disappear.

11 comments:

  1. Phenomenal, sensual, captivating poetry.

    "I always imagined the movement of your
    Lips and hands, a sort of rain"

    "you’d hold
    Their conscious hostage to watch me sleep"

    "whose dark question ground
    Desire against my hands"

    "And my throat, swollen of soliloquies,
    Always murmuring a breath-full of stars"

    "slumbered thought
    Would churn my brain of you"

    "like grainy seeds I sprinkle
    into sheets"

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  2. You have written them with so much feeling...it is nice when what we imagine or dream seems so very real, and sometimes (I hope) it is!

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  3. this is layered with dreaminess and "slumbered thought" I really like that..Seems I've held a dream similar to this in my life.

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  4. Those opening lines are so enrapturing, the "lips and hands, a sort of rain"....wow! I wish I had written that! I can feel the longing, the wonderings, the might-have-beens........sigh. Beautifully done. And always so nice to see you, Stacy, at Poets United. We might need an update soon!

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    1. Hello Sherry! I adore your work and the creative community of Poets United. I am always up for an update anytime. Just let me know. :)

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  5. "wishes swelling
    From my chest like grainy seeds I sprinkle
    into sheets full of dreams that slowly disappear"...this is the birth of grief...so full of emotion yet restrained into beautiful words...nice to see you again Stacy :)

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  6. Whistles!!! This is truly enchanting :D :D

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  7. If there is something I admire it's a love poem that really speaks of the feeling of what love is... you really made it come alive and sounding exactly like the unique experience it always is... Love it so much.

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  8. a poem with substance is this poem of yours. love the word choices and the pace, as there's sensuality and a longing there too. loved it!

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