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

I was once her (for one Shot Wednesday)

who sits on the couch in the music room
lost in autumn hair, violins on a CD player
wafting smiles not hers, smiles of a piquant woman
her lover lost on the river walk that evening
briar roses crumbled on their steps shredded
foliage cushioned.

She sits on vacant clouds, eyes
hinting wakefulness on pools
the sun once mirrored
then drowned. The geese left no sign
that evening of the walk not even a note
to hold up to a sun sinking on the barge:
logs swayed on the water, old men rasped
scraping brawns the tide whittled,

bumping to the rhythm. She hears
her lover hum the tune,
a river whistling in the runes, flowing
infinitely like words in
a vow: in this and that state
no breath in between
but death. Not geese but iron flies
buzzing into her heart shattered

the pool that afternoon, shards of water
blinding her her lover saying good-bye, to fly
on blades that whirl not wings that beat
on air, to return an angel, breast beribboned
to preen to count those fallen
from his fingers.
She peers through her cloud this afternoon:
a river ebbing at her feet, touching

her wiggling toes, she giggles over
silly notes as violins rise, twirling
allegro on the river bank where she once sat
mourning over geese that afternoon
her lover returned a name
in a note unsigned, the lover

who once was mine.

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  1. you write with such a deft pen in this…music has a way of transporting us into memory but it is your treatment of the memory that i appreciate the most…a jewel whose facets are appreciated but can be put back into the box…

    Comment by brian | June 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Brian, you nourish my ‘deft pen’ with your kind words. Thank you so much again and again!

      Comment by alee9 | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Just beautiful!

    Comment by Mama Zen | June 15, 2011 | Reply

    • One word, just one beautiful word and my poem has won! Thanks, Mama Zen!

      Comment by alee9 | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  3. I must say, I’ve become a big fan of your writing…
    I’m never disappointed by what I read here…
    Keep it up 🙂

    Comment by contemplativemoorings | June 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Yes, for you, if only for you and Brian and Mama Zen, above, I could keep on writing! Thank you!

      Comment by alee9 | June 17, 2011 | Reply

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