jornales

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

evening wall (for One Shoot Sunday)

photo prompt by James Rainsford

the evening wall
leaks morning in silence
a tremor
in the breeze alters the vines
leaves dance disgraced
for river stones
but my cave resists
the shame

i dig into my bones
for secrets
complicities the dark sharpens
the stench of fear
light alludes to ageing roses
in truth
rotting roots falsehoods
smoother

in the night
i listen to winds lash
at recalcitrant stars
then limping in the heights fall
a thin flight through the bars
a moth
hissing on its wings

my cage
burdens reckoning
crude mornings lie to me
disguised as Venus rising
i cannot tell
in my fallow depths
who awaits for me to relent
cawing

(c) Copyright by Alegria Imperial 2011

Posted for One Shoot Sunday with picture prompt by James Rainsford for One Stop Poetry, winner of the 2011 Shorty Award for the Arts, the one place to gather for poets and artists to share their love for their art. Check us out. Click on my blogroll for OSP.

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April 17, 2011 - Posted by | free verse, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12 Comments »

  1. I always enjoy your play with words and images. In this case alter, cave, and cage to name a few. Many lines that strike me as quotable throughout, especially…

    “i listen to winds lash
    at recalcitrant stars
    then limping in the heights fall
    a thin flight through the bars
    a moth
    hissing on its wings”

    *Smiles*

    Comment by dustus | April 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Wow, thank you, Adam! I’m glad I make you smile! Thanks for picking that stanza…reading it now, it does sound powerful, doesn’t it?

      Comment by alee9 | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. i dig in my bones for secrets…lovely imagery and word play…thus the raven, evermore?

    Comment by brian | April 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Brian! That I reminded you of the ‘raven’ and that poet who even now haunts my consciousness, is a huge compliment! Thanks, again!

      Comment by alee9 | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. ..the evening wall
    leaks morning in silence..wow – you had me with these first two lines…good take on the prompt!

    Comment by Claudia | April 17, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks so much, Claudia!

      Comment by alee9 | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. i dig into my bones for secrets…i see that dustus picked out that line too…so much about the feeling of this piece is within that line…really nice take on this photo…this photo says so much about dark and light, life and death….thank you…bkm

    Comment by barbara | April 17, 2011 | Reply

    • I’m glad you liked it, Barbara!

      Comment by alee9 | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  5. You are a consummate lyric poet, Ali. Beautiful imagery, intensity of compression and the wistfulness– I especially love: i dig into my bones
    for secrets
    complicities the dark sharpens
    the stench of fear
    light alludes to ageing roses
    in truth
    rotting roots falsehoods…

    Pairing liquid-sounding abstract nouns with concretion so wonderfully done here.

    When you get a chance, read Nightfall in Verona– I think you’d like it! xxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | April 17, 2011 | Reply

    • …”a consummate lyric poet” from a “consummate poet”! My literature professors should learn about this! They wouldn’t have imagined. Thank you for your constant uplifting words, Jenne. I feel nourished each time, which is why perhaps, my imagery never fails. I’ll certainly find time to read “Nightfall…” Thanks for the offer.

      Comment by alee9 | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  6. This is powerfully perceptive and challenging work which illuminates the photo prompt with a complex and many layered poem. I love the imagery in this.

    Comment by James Rainsford | April 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, James! I’m thrilled you love it!

      Comment by alee9 | April 20, 2011 | Reply


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