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

simple truths (for One Shot Wednesday)

simple truths rest
on stamens those succulent fibers
engorged by tears
the taste of sea spray

the sense of touch
defines homo sapiens on cheeks
the sweetness anthers hold the pollens
grow filaments on nose tips

smell to beasts like men feeds power
sniffing a cluster of lilacs
the mind sees indigo
the dye of death reeks of weakness

only a distanced eye
sharpens the heels of Lady’s Slippers
only fingertips fit the godhead’s
vacant smile

blistered palms could crack the lightning
break a thunder into a storm
but tongues roll clouds into balls
pelt the lips of magnolias

distend the petals
let shatter into a mesh
of distracted grace

our reasoning

Posted for One Shot Wednesday at One Stop Poetry, winner of the 2011 Shorty Award for the Arts, a gathering of poets and artists sharing their art, nurturing each other. Check us out.

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  1. intriguing imagery through out the cracked palm lightning…the distant eye sharpening the slippers…my reasoning has corroded with age…smiles.

    Comment by brian | May 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear Brian, faithful reader, poetry friend, huge thanks again!

      Comment by alee9 | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. A great many layers—human, botanical, emotional, sexual. It many be called “simple truths” but this is quite a complex poem deserving of additional readings.

    Comment by dustus | May 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Hahaha…I put you to ‘work’, didn’t I? But I really do love how you cut through my poems and get to the heart of them. Thank you so much again and again, Adam!

      Comment by alee9 | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. Excellent, perfect, multi-layered.

    Comment by Steve Isaak | May 11, 2011 | Reply

    • I love the brevity of your critque, Steve, master of of micro poetry! Thank you so much!

      Comment by alee9 | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. You are gifted in the world of metaphor, captivating piece. I had to read it several times to ensure I absorbed it all in. Very nice write ~ Rose

    Comment by C Rose | May 11, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank, C Rose! Thank you for a superlative compliment! I’m glad my poem captivated you. Thanks again!

      Comment by alee9 | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  5. this has much “duende” in it– o imperiled homo sapiens. xxxxx thank you for letting your hair down on my blog- wonderful! xxxj

    Comment by jenneandrews | May 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Ahhh, yes, the “duende” seems to have possessed me! It lives in my every cell and doesn’t quiet down. It whispers, hums and sometimes booms declarations–my being constantly thrums on visions begging to be turned into words. We, ‘imperiled homo sapiens’–I love how you put it–though are the fuel for the crucible! As eternal in abstract terms and in reality as the universe is, so will we be in an infinite battle to be crude and pure. What words can I ever use to say thank you, Jenne?

      Comment by alee9 | May 14, 2011 | Reply

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