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

the bride (for One Shoot Sunday)

settles on her barefeet
a starling craving to
flex wings

the ground quivers
from her tender steps unease
among wet stones

she wiggles
off her restless sighs
to undo her veil of wind
her hair loosens

strands of singing
rise over the heartbeat
of sparrows
she becomes a pair of wings

shirred skirt
the feathers she preens
to a sheen that stuns
a hesitant sun

the day flexes
on her limbs a thrumming
wakens the tender
lilies she stalked in her dreams

she steps into
her gaping red shoes
the brooding crows

a ruckus spreads
among the dandelions
the seagulls catch in fevered

she walks
parting the congregation
in blindness deaf
to the grumbling

over the rise
among the pines she raises
her arms an arc
to the sky

a swallow
skimming the meadow
where heads limp in the breeze
but balloons from her wedding

the gulls shriek
it pierces her flight
she careens
down the hill snags

a thread of her dream
first a thump
of the wearied balloon
that pumped her wings

next her toes
like a bird poised to fly
in a fall

(c) by Alegria Imperial 2011

Photo prompt by Lauren Randolph

For One Shoot Sunday at One Shot Poetry, winner of the 2011 Shorty Award for the Arts. Come check us out and share your art and poetry–it’s what we do her, share and nurture each other.

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  1. You capture sensations of the woman’s ascent and flight. Great imagery and revealing emotional content through the imagery. Great work with the prompt.

    Comment by dustus | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Wow! Thanks, Adam! It’s amamzing how you always see through the ‘mist’ in my poems.

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. You went quite a ways with one small jump…
    “A sheen that stuns a hesitant sun” …I like it.

    Comment by jerry | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the ‘balloon’ up my ‘sun’, Jerry! I’m glad you liked it!

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. nice…the day flexes on her limbs….great…her dreams thumping like the balloon, nice…great one shoot…

    Comment by brian | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • You picked a few of my favorite phrases–as if these aren’t mine! Thanks for your great encouraging words!

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. I love the short vignettes of stanzas, each one a moment in time, a processional of moments, from unawakened dreaming sleep, loosening veils of wind, to gaping red shoes that startle the crows, swallows,wedding balloons and shrieking gulls, to the final upsidedown flight/fail/fall. Amazing you got this subtle, shifting cascade of images from that pic–just an excellent write, Alegria.

    Comment by hedgewitch | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • ‘…vignettes of stanzas’!!!! Your comments always puts my poems in a sliding glass where parts of it “invisible to the eye” or those which “only the heart can see” are made visible. And I wrote this in a dream-like state, conjuring who a woman could possibly be in that state no one knows about before and after a wedding. Guided by an inivisible body in the image, the poem fleshed her out. Thanks so much again, Joy. With every comment you make, I really understand myself better.

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  5. Gorgeous use of language– so musical. I wonder how this poem would be in Spanish– it might be fine to try it. Beautifully done, Ali! xxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | April 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you, Jenne!!! But my attempts at translation or writing my poems in either Spanish or Iluko, the tongue I was born but never written with until lately (I speak and have written a with Pilipino derived from Tagalog, our national language), and translating these into English have never been quite successful…but I’ll try. Thanks again!

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  6. Love the flow/imagery of this. Wonderful piece.

    Comment by Steve Isaak | April 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you, Steve! Your comments are always greatly encouraging!

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  7. I love how this moves and escapes reality…well done 🙂

    Comment by Rene Foran | April 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Rene! I’m glad you love it!

      Comment by alee9 | April 12, 2011 | Reply

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