Monday, April 10, 2006

Folded like two leaves

folded like two leaves
between pages of a book,
each knows the other

24 Comments:

Blogger mermaid said...

Bookmarked for a purpose. I am reminded how the haiku form has enough space for a whole story.

4/10/2006 8:43 AM  
Anonymous yllstonewolf said...

i love this - allows the reader to co-create! such soothing imagery.

4/10/2006 8:52 AM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

Such a beautiful intimacy.

4/10/2006 10:28 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

Curled up in each other's arms lovely

4/10/2006 11:17 AM  
Blogger Anna Piutti said...

This is poignant, reassuring intimacy.

4/10/2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Oh, I must be in a mood. Made me think of my long-ago commutes on NYC subways and how I was pressed between some fleshy people just like the metaphor here, only much less beautiful and much more sweaty.

But (thank goodness) it also conjures up images of beloved hands clasping hands.

Thanks, MB, as always!

4/10/2006 3:10 PM  
Blogger zhoen said...

This feels more like friendship, the words passing between and touching.

4/10/2006 5:12 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

Wow!

4/10/2006 5:52 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I see your daughter's convinced you to write shorter poems. This one says much in its three lines.

4/10/2006 9:00 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I see your daughter's convinced you to write shorter poems. This one says much in its three lines.

4/10/2006 9:00 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

i left this comment earlier on a break at work, but it hasn't shown up here... strange

short and sweet
and totally complete
i love your blogs

thank you and big hugs
snowsparkle

4/10/2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger alan said...

So many thoughts evoked by your words...people; translation books of poetry with the original and the English on facing pages...you are amazing!

alan

4/11/2006 1:08 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

oh, this image looks like my husband and me on a cold winter's night pressed together between blankets and quilts. :)

4/11/2006 2:54 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

you have done it again - thanks

4/11/2006 5:07 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Mermaid, the haiku form really does have room for a story but it's tricky to accomplish. Only room for the barest essentials, I think.

Anne, yes, co-create is a good way to put it! A gestural sketch like this leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

RD, true intimacy takes time to unfold.

Sue, could be!

Anna, grazie. I'm glad you find it so. Nice to see you here!

Lori, I enjoyed both your interpretations! Though I think maybe the dry book nixes an abundance of sweat...

zhoen, as you know, there are many interpretations of the word "know." You've identified a very important one.

rdl, thanks!!

Patry, you are funny! Thanks for the laugh and for the kind comment.

Snowsparkle, I've noticed Blogger is buggy again this morning. I can't even see some of my own comments and I'm just *hoping* this will post when I'm done! I'm so glad you enjoy it. I'm always delighted to see you here.

Alan, yes! And you are an amazing reader. Thank you.

Sky, what a wonderful response. Thanks.

Endment, if I have written something that satisfies you, then I am honored!

4/11/2006 8:09 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Phew! It posted!

4/11/2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

This leaves me breathless!

4/11/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger T L Reynolds said...

mb,
Haiku is so very difficult but you make it seem so easy.

4/11/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Lhombre... Thank you!

TLR, this one arrived virtually as is, as a little gift. Most times it's trickier, more like a crossword puzzle, but one that has meaning. But I always enjoy the challenge. The more I write them, the more the rhythm becomes ingrained.

4/11/2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger Lhombre said...

I guess what I should have said as well was "This leaves me impressed!"

4/11/2006 8:23 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Dan, ah, I totally missed your first pun, but the second is even better I think. I've tried to think of a clever riposte but I can't! You are the champ!

4/12/2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger leslee said...

Ah, so lovely. I'm a sucker for the short, pithy, ne'r a word extra, poem. This is perfect.

4/12/2006 5:06 PM  
Anonymous SilvermOOn said...

I like this personification.
Bookmarks
(Interesting to also recall that paper is made from the bark of trees- leaves...)

4/14/2006 11:53 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Leslee, Silvermoon, thanks for your thoughts! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

4/24/2006 9:22 AM  

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