Now I Know

Photo by Merlin lightpainting from Pexels

Now I know that poetry
is a razor blade
slipped into a caramel
dipped apple of
eve’s desire
sharp and tangy . . .

is as love’s wounding
rigor mortis of bites
ennui-soaked
languid post-mortem
of shamanic rites . . .

is a coroner’s tableau of victims
bodies stretched out on gurneys
for the inquest after the serial killer
slips free of the electric chair
because the judge knew his brother cain
at harvard law . . .

is hummingbirds and bats
dandelions, a lover’s hand
broken stalks, memories . . .

is my heart laid out across the sky
a constellation charted out of unknown
algorithms multiplied
to infinity
dove’s wings
rapidly beating
now.

Today Victoria is guest-hosting at dVerse: Meeting the Bar and asks us to write a "Solilo-Quoi?", paying extra attention to form or other poetic devices in our self-talk. Click Mr. Linky for more and join in.

Author: Dora

The unearned splendor of being means we can always meet on a common plane of gratitude, aiming in conversation, art, or writing towards “something understood.”

27 thoughts on “Now I Know”

  1. Dora, beautiful writing and use of an extended metaphor. this bit really gob-smacked me:
    a coroner’s tableau of victims
    bodies stretched out on gurneys
    for the inquest after the serial killer
    slips free of the electric chair
    because the judge knew his brother cain
    at harvard law . . .
    An aside: love your pup!

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  2. You certainly ran a broad brush across the concept. I love the twisting of the poem as the purpose of poetry flexes and thins, darkens and brightens at moments under your control and well outside of it. I’d pick out a favorite line if I could choose a single one, but alas, I thought it all a delight. Well done, well done, well done.

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    1. Lisa,
      Poetry is exactly what it is in the moment. Or the next . . . .The astonishing thing is that words, mere words, can make connections beyond the moment, and beyond the words. And my synapses just snapped shut. :>)
      pax,
      dora

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  3. Wow! This is stunning, Dora. From the razor blade caramel dipped apple to the algorithms multiplied, just wonderful how this opened up and offered itself. Just the right amount of dark I like too. Great accompanying image. Well done! ❤

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