Today

Ceremonial Spaces, mixed media, 2021

today, i will plunge 
	readily 
into the day’s perfume

into this heart-stopping solitaire, this blossoming 
	wheelbarrow of misfortune

i will return to the skies as 
	a pendulum, will claw at the 
entrance of this lithium mine, this 
	drive thru mirror, these lips of 
	magnanimous salt

and i will keep time on thumbs of seaweed
and i will find solitude among tea leaves
in a light-flash of dystopian clouds
among flowers and over wind, too

these desires will seed and this body 
	will erupt in a garden
in a phantom staircase, in 
	hips of wet stone
in the metamorphosis of love and grief
in these eyes full of sex and confusion

and i alone will carry me
	and my subterranean arms 
	will barely touch the ground

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9 thoughts on “Today

  1. Wow…I love this one..so good. And the accompanying image is perfect. The “plunging into the day’s perfume” is such a perfect beginning. And then developing the picture of this life with each stanza, through the eyes of this woman, culminates exquisitely with “these desires will seed and this body will erupt in a garden in a phantom staircase, in hips of wet stone in the metamorphosis of love and grief
    in these eyes full of sex and confusion”…such truth and clarity. And ” i alone will carry me and my subterranean arms will barely touch the ground” completes the poem with the courageous realization that, though we have those who will support and love us, we indeed ultimately walk our road alone.
    Excellent.

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    1. Such a beautifully written critique. Thank you, as always, for your insights, my friend. I think the last stanza is the most meaningful to me, too–the idea that, no matter what’s happening around us, we must have the courage to rise each day and plunge ourselves into the pleasures and misfortunes of living, ultimately, alone.

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