jornales

for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

Here (for One Shoot Sunday)

Haunted Grainery, a photo by Sean McCormick

Night dying can’t be quiet
here: the air sputters,
roars. Dogs cough
in their sleep. Water laps
edges of dreams.

Darkness bleeds, floods
the field. Wheat grain
swaying in crimson stun
the absent moon. The sky
spits stars.

Someone rises
in the dark, pattering feet
alone. Phantom paws
race the light, those
purple spears

leaving bruises
night inflicts on sleep. No one
waits for night dying
here: day isn’t
a likely light.

Posted at One Stop Poetry for One Shoot Sunday from a photo by Sean McCormick titled, “Haunted Grainery”. Join other poets and artists like me who have bonded as a community of lovers for their art.

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February 6, 2011 - Posted by | free verse, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

15 Comments »

  1. Moody, freaky and sombre–yet shot with bright, jarring colors and images–the unquiet night, not safe, not normal…you really nailed the eeriness in the picture, Alegria. Excellent poem.

    Comment by hedgewitch | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks again so much, Joy! The eeriness really gripped me as I walked into it.

      Comment by alee9 | February 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. This beautiful, has a lovely lyrical proprietary feeling to it– xxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you so much, Jen!

      Comment by alee9 | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  3. Love the way you contrast day and night imagery in your poem, and also how it builds around dog references. A beautiful spookiness to the lines.

    Comment by dustus | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • I like how you put it, Adam! “…beautiful spookiness…” it is!

      Comment by alee9 | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  4. night dying can’t be quiet.. and ..bleeding fields.. – i liked those

    Comment by Claudia | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Claudia! I’m glad you liked it!

      Comment by alee9 | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  5. Night dying in hues of purple great originality there. Really liked what you did with it.

    Comment by RepressedSoul | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Shan!

      Comment by alee9 | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  6. You have pulled me through the haunting of night dying… crying.. bleeding the purple hues of the grain.

    Nice.

    Comment by Reflections | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Petrina! The image to me was exactly that–a haunting, dying night.

      Comment by alee9 | February 7, 2011 | Reply

  7. some hard imagery at work here…painful…but nicely told…

    Comment by brian miller | February 6, 2011 | Reply

  8. I love that first line!

    Comment by Mama Zen | February 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for this comment, Mama Zen! Brief but powerful!

      Comment by alee9 | February 7, 2011 | Reply


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