Whither, or: The vine

Poetry Partners #22

‘By a thread’, a poem by Constance Bourg of ‘Tender Rebellion’

(after Sylvia Plath)

As you walk on by
nothing to see here / for the
knotted hanging roots

the washing clean of
mind muddled with muck is my
unraveling hair

and then there is some
light that seems to come from god
effulgent / it got

to be much to hold
the waiting for release of
knot and muck and me

An abhanga by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

Trekking through mud, I see
creatures with bananas
perched upon lianas,
clutching long vines

Torrential tears pouring
down upon myriads
of lush bromeliads
growing on trees

Sun piercing canopy;
eyes struck by fulgent beam,
squinting in glowing stream;
who's over there?

Light ~ too much for my eyes,
gingerly ~ step aside
as ~ pouring rains subside;
cleansed ~ and alone

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


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