Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sepia sky

there are days
I want to slip down
into still water and

unmoving shadow
into the sureness of stones
and the silence of observable truth

standing in a dry creekbed
I remember the sound of water falling
I watch the sepia sky, this is how it goes

the radio promises change
the sky might break open
everything is yet to be imagined

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Anonymous marja-leena said...

Gorgeous image, makes me think of a Rembrandt etching! And lovely words that paint a picture, but with something left to the imagination.

10/19/2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

"into the sureness of stones
and the silence of observable truth" love this mix of words, and desire to be safe. But, the unpredictable happens, it always does, and "everything is yet to be imagined". This is one spectacular poem!!

10/19/2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Such a beautiful image (and imagination)

10/19/2006 4:59 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Your radar is picking up all kinds of signals. The strongest one beats in your heart.

10/19/2006 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just discovered your poetry through your comments on bitterrot and bergamot blog. i am glad i did. this poem touches me and the photo you pair with the words. both are contemplative, waiting for a drought to end ... or rain to begin. or soemthing like that. ♥.

10/19/2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger alan said...

Funny how the same words can take people different places...I "went" to the opening of "The Hours".


10/20/2006 1:41 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely poem and such a wonderful sepia sky.

10/20/2006 2:35 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Quite a surreal photo.

10/20/2006 5:03 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Oh, the silence of observable truth, such a beautiful line, mb. It's like the quiet mantra of nature.

10/20/2006 7:42 AM  
Blogger polona said...

another great blend of image and words... the yearning of the poet and the nature is almost tangible...
everything is yet to be imagined sums it up so well...

10/20/2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

this poem is incredible...and the photo is amazing...

10/20/2006 1:30 PM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

...makes me want to start imagining right now!

10/21/2006 6:57 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

J'ai d'abord été séduit par la photo !
Puis j'ai lu le poème .
Ma connaissance de la langue anglaise étant très passable , je ne peux en savourer les nuances .
Mais quelle belle musique !
Quelles belles images !

10/21/2006 7:27 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

I knew if I stopped by here again I'd find beautiful things -- and I did! I especially love the last couple of stanzas and the last line. (And many others of your recent posts.)

10/21/2006 7:42 AM  
Blogger charlie said...

sepia is my favourite colour. 'the silence of observable truth' is my favourite' line.

10/21/2006 9:10 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

I would love to be inside your poems when they are dancing in your head! Your words are incredible!
"the sky might break open
everything is yet to be imagined"
Love that!

10/21/2006 9:50 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

oh mb! just when i think i have been as moved as i will ever be by the words which glide upon these pages you write, i read sepia sky and imagine the sky breaking open, imagine rain drenching the earth and my spirit is fully the earth under the falling water. thank you for this beautiful poem. :)

10/22/2006 12:16 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Quite wonderful, MB. That longing for water ..... or for something beyond it?

10/22/2006 3:48 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

I was on someone else's blog and happened to read the comment above my own (as one does) and it was such a lovely, deep, meaningful and powerful comment ... and then I saw "MB" ... . Just like this poem, your words are always magic.

10/22/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I wasn't sure I liked the penultimate stanza at first, but the last stana redeemed it and more. I like this poem a lot.

10/23/2006 2:05 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

another great one!!

10/25/2006 11:50 AM  
Anonymous **Silvermoon** said...

The title alone drew me in, reminding me of my paintings. (The sky is my favorite subject matter.)

Stunning image
I especially love your opening and "unmoving shadow/into the sureness of stones"
It's a treat to visit your site.

10/25/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Marja-Leena, you honor me with that comparison! I think it's good to always leave a little something to the imagination, don't you?

Pat, the unpredictable is a part of life and often a good one. Thanks!

Pauline, thank you very much.

Mermaid, you are on target. Thank you.

Maureen, thank you so much for your comment and letting me know you stopped by.

Alan, it is definitely the case that the same poem can take people many different places. That's one of the fascinating and wonderful things about reading people's comments!

Crafty green poet, thank you. It's lovely to have you here.

Lee, thanks (I think!). It's the sepia version, a version I've always found intriguing for the way it determines the flavor of a picture.

Robin Andrea, yes indeed, and a source of solace for many.

Polona, thank you very much for your kind words and perceptive reading.

Michelle, thank you!

Lori, you and me both. Let's go! ;-)

Jean, je vous remercie de venir et lire, toujours. Vous avez la perspective d'une artiste de photographe, de la lumiere. Et c'est-ce que j'ecris souvent.

Richard, wonderful to hear from you again. I hope you are doing well. Thank you for reading, and for your kind words which are much appreciated.

Charlie, you've named a couple of my favorites, too! Thanks.

Corey, your comment made me smile — many's the time I've wished to be inside someone else's head just for the amazing experience it would be.

Sky, thank you for your wonderful comments. There's no greater honor than knowing a reader truly savored the poem.

Mary, thank you. Yes...yes! ;-)

Becca, I think I know the comment you mean, and it was in response to a question about the sources of inspiration, a topic I take very seriously. Thank you.

Dave, I'm glad you found something here you liked! Thank you.

rdl, I am pleased you enjoyed it! Thanks.

Silvermoon, thanks for stopping by and commenting. The sky fascinates me, too.

10/26/2006 8:31 AM  

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