“Eggplant”

I loved the white moon circles
and the purple halos,
on a plate as the salt sweat them.
The oil in the pan smoked like bad
days in the Syrian desert—
when a moon stayed all day—
when morning was a purple
elegy for the last friend seen—
when the fog of the riverbank
rose like a holy ghost.
My mother made those white moons sizzle
in some egg wash and salt—
some parsley appeared
from the garden
and summer evenings
came with no memory
but the table with white dishes.
Shining aubergine—black-skinned
beauty, bitter apple.
We used our hands.

— Peter Balakian (1951-)

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Poetry Post #20: West

This is how
it happened:

During your yesterday —
my today —
closing in on fifty-two,
playing “West” on a loop.

How slow time had moved for us —
for me and Tuesday Anne —
so, there I was,
casting sheep’s eyes at the Broken Man.

His blue-green
had fire-tipped my ears.
He was neither the first — nor last, I’m sure —
a pattern reappeared:

of something indiscreet,
so animal,
and by all counts,
damnable.

The summer before your death,
I’d heard it’s first tick:
a subconscious inkling of that October 9th,
there, there it was — the snip of your wick.

But how can I be sorry
when I left the urn and you didn’t?

“Won’t you celebrate with me”

    won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

— Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

Poetry Post #19: H.J.

August 20th.
I’m red
and gray.

Twelve hours.
Eight, Nine,
Eleven, One, Nine.

Brain swimming —
muddled by cheap white wine.
Yellowtail Moscato, I think.

Buried so deep
and again,
I was untouched.

My heart soared
and I sighed on his breast,
body unspent.

I sighed,
I soared
because I believed it to be your breast.

Your ghost
bites like hotel bed bugs.

“Souls”

When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but the yearning to be close to the other. The presence that is felt through a hand held, a voice heard, or a smile seen.

Souls do not have calendars or clocks, nor do they understand
the notion of time or distance. They only know it feels right to
be with one another.

This is the reason why you miss someone so much when they
are not there— even if they are only in the very next room.
Your soul only feels their absence— it doesn’t realize the
separation is temporary.

–Lang Leav

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4/15/2017

“When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching

for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few

months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame

our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on

and on until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our

lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can

provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously

and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.”

– Tom Robbins