Friday, July 2, 2010

These days........

Sproat Lake in February


These days
I often find
my thoughts
returning
to dusty mesas
dotted with dry scrub
along the arroyo
through dry, sandy gorges
you once told me
was a river long ago

In reverie
I circle sleepy rooftops
finding yours
where we made love
one afternoon
your face so dark and beautiful
above me
those summer days
that ended
way too soon

Those days
you were an eagle
soaring/captive
caught somewhere
between the earth
and sky
while I caught my breath
and emptied out my being
into the wonder
of becoming
you and I

Now my spirit
sometimes walks
on summer mornings
-dew-fresh scent
of tall marsh grasses,
willow trees,
fresh lake ripples
lapping gently
on the shore-
the scent of
all the mornings
I remember
and I long to walk
beside the lake
once more

In memory
you turn
your slow smile
on me
always a bird
alighting on your hand
I hear again the coo
of doves at daybreak
and somewhere -
another time,
another land -
"Blackbird" is singing
in the dark of night
while two lonely seekers
try to hold their pain
at bay
by clinging
to each other
way too tight
unable to find words
to make it right
and somehow
lose their way

The dove
lost its mate
and flew
but keeps on
circling
circling
back to you
never very far
from where you are
if you
but knew

Through all
those years
I saw your beauty
plain
and now I am
remembering
remembering
again.

The single step
that started
my long journey
the thousand miles
it took
to bring me home
all I was
searching for
I found
within me
forever now
without the need
to roam

I have one more
hug
to give you
in this lifetime
one more time
to see
the smile start
in your eyes
if we never
meet again
know I have
loved you
as no other
all the seasons
of our lives

15 comments:

  1. These days
    torrid, tumultuous, silent
    days
    Waiting in anticipation
    Watching the leaf float gently
    down, painlessly

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  2. BEAUTIFUL poem!!!!!!! THANK you so much!!!!!!!!

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  3. What a treat...an astonishingly beautiful poem of yours, followed by the unexpected delight of another! You have both made this ordinary day quite miraculous. Thank you...

    Lynette

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  4. Delightful poem. I can hear the birds as you name them. A sad ending, though. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. one more hug,
    that sweet.

    pleasant poem,
    well done!

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  6. A touching poem: nostalgia, nature, and loss. Nice writing.

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  7. A very moving, flowing poem of remembrance.

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  8. Sherry, a beautiful and touching poem!
    Pamela

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  9. you many memories of love and lover both flesh and land..you pull it together in this beautiful piece...bkm

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  10. WOW. This brought tears to my eyes. Just wow. One of the very best I have read. No, not today....ever.

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  11. Wow for me too - all of your comments are so kind - and Fireblossom - whew! - THANK YOU! When I read it again just now it brought tears to my eyes, too - am nostalgic today, it would appear. I see a typo escaped me, I just corrected it. Thank you all. It means a great deal to me that you liked it. Life is a difficult journey, no? But such moments of glory!

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  12. Beautiful work! Wonderful post! =)

    -Weasel

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  13. Thanks, Weasel:) I appreciate your visit!

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  14. jaw-dropping powerful and heartfelt...

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