The Poet Cow

Ever wonder what goes on in the evening, after dusk, once the animals have all returned to the barn… Consider this…

Stories told at sunset’s arc when last the barn doors come to close, echo frames throughout the day, recalled in honor, artful prose that’s spoke in hushing laughter yet cast about in formal style, applauded when the speaker bows returning to the trough a while.

Amidst the hay and feed there, the poet cow enthralls in song, crafted day’s end stories collected from the farm’s sweet throng of horses bound to duty, of cows molested milking tales, of mice in chase and cats who beg to steal a sip from milking pales, of chicks and hens who peck about in counting grains of sand, of dogs who walk in mending fences beneath the gentle farmer’s hand.

Oh! The stories conjured, each verse with vim and vigor flows, weaves the country’s subtle life with dreams caught twixt the piglet’s toes.

The poet cow in bashful eye unmasks his soul when dusk is past, turns the stanzas fluently till all nod off and sleep is cast. Then to himself he mutters low, in Shakespearean tone and manner borrowed, “Good Night, Good night! … that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

formatted and posted for dVerse – Poet’s Pub, Open Link Night

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To Live Again

This silence only threatened by the straining of my heart, beating, as I wait and wonder. I feel the pressure in my veins, thickened, stained in ancient blood, trying to save me, hoping to quit, forced to move on by only what is left of my physical existence… my beating heart.

Reflecting through the pages, turning each so slowly as if I’ve never known their faces, drawing every image in. A mustiness wafts from the turning, held captive by the dog-eared corners of years long gone. I see my entire life move before me, one sacred image at a time… A whisper culls a quiet question in my mind, “What have I done?” Only to be followed by, “What remains undone?”

History hints at moments hushed, the scent of life, a lover’s blush, then draws a quiet candlelight to show the truths in such. I smile, knowing life’s been good, granted peace as much.

But what of purpose left undone, unshared wisdom, songs unsung? What of steps that fear had stayed when dreams could have been won? Gestalt it seems has made its play, regret has laid its run.

Return again! I must return! This desperation tides my soul, but what of life yet drawn to be, how might I know my role?

Perhaps I come on eagle’s wing, above the alpine valleys. Sing!
Define this life in higher call, perspectives’ sweep to see it all.
Perhaps I come as mountain bear, to dig beneath and find what’s there,
noble in a giant’s strength, yet humbly seeking truth at length.
Perhaps as wolf I come to be, one for the pack, yet one for me
with solitude a living grace, histories ink upon my face.

Oh, but no, I cannot face a life wherein I’d let you slip away.
If must becomes an operand, then for your love I’ll bait that day.
For you, my love, for you, I’d only come to live again if I could be with you.

written for dVerse poetics: Coming Back – 2-Feb-2016

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The Ochre Blonde (A Dream)

Across the fields of mists she rides, in quickened step, as thundered ghost, flashing grey to white in tides, between the shadowed elms and posts. Her ochre hair in fury’s fire eclipsing sun upon her wake, yet glides above in liquid lines, beneath, her courser’s muscles quake… into the wood and gone.

What is this dream that comes to me, what is this deft remorseful scene, as if I own the blame for all, yet nothing I can find, or seem to grasp within that fleeting flash? Who is she? Why? Where did she go? What brings such hastened fury here, within the dreams I ought not show?

The scented mist clings as I wake to urban bed and city scape. The musk of dewy forest floor fills my senses hours more. But nothing haunts me like her fire, dressed in white and flaming hair, racing through the glinting sun, purpose bent, relentless stare…

I’m mad, I’ve surely gone mad! Haunted! Ghosts of ancient realms! Yet oddly feel I’ve been there, and fear I’ve something more to tell, or stop her, or meet her, or beg for truce from things gone wrong! But morning brings the city’s thrum. The image fades soft and long, like shadows caught in acrid film, always there, but somehow gone. I do not know how long they’ll still… but haunting hopes I’ll ride along. Upon that grey and ancient mare, to feel her rush, to smell her hair…

Enough!

I fear my sleep, that crazed I’ve come, yet hope to steep in dreaming’s sum.

I pray for peace and empty sleep, I cast my faith in modest streams, I know I’ll live beyond the deep of ancient mists and woods in dreams…

But never shall I dream beyond, her flashing white, her ochre blonde.

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A Winter’s Kiss

Stand still amidst the frozen hush,
suspended twixt each crystal’s blush,
surrendered in mid-winter’s snow.
Starve your senses in the bold
retreat of hearth’s sweet warmth, left cold,
reducing now to all you know.

Iron bare, the season’s scent,
riding on a whisper’s hint,
each frozen note in languid air.
Blushing cheeks of summer rose,
stem the midnight’s soft repose,
hints of jasmine in your hair.

Within your deepest eyes, a smile,
transfixed, transposed in time, the while,
about you snowflakes swarm.
All angels draw their gaze on you,
our eyes, your eyes, here frozen, two,
yet still I find your lips are warm.

Ah! Winter’s night, within the storm,
impassioned hearts removed, reborn,
upon the white and virgin snow,
alive this moment, as lovers, know,
this moment, hallowed, sacred.

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Ashes

The years upon themselves will close,
once folded then unfolded,
as unaged born, to ageless turns,
through aging’s twining scolded.

Through years of moment’s pleasures,
grafted to the ether’s breath,
whispered dreams in flags of prayer,
escape the truth of death.

When just the pyre’s ash remains,
when autumn’s hushing gently stirs,
when absence seems too stark to hold,
life’s long red thread endures.

Stitched through laughter’s echo,
knotted through a true love’s seam,
hung as memory’s bunting,
graces truths we’re left to dream.

For these will not escape us,
born free above what ash remains,
as time reclaims its holdings,
these memories, this life sustains.

for Judy Arterburn (July 25, 1944 – January 5, 2016)

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Her Full Moon Haunt

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Cast across the virgin snow,
a starkly naked silhouette,
contrast black on diamond white,
full moon with no regret.

Thinly, night airs acquiesce
within a hushed reluctant freeze,
draws her limbs above her,
till shadow’s edge is crisply teased.

No sound or whisper wants,
her silent solace, her lonely stead,
grief, a separate solitude
through dreams of summer’s weeping dead.

She stands alone as beauty.
She nurses bold courageous stirs.
She haunts this meadow, her duty
in echoed light that’s solely hers.

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Piano

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Above the chord once struck in grace,
single notes climb higher, higher,
resolving o’er the echoed space,
where resonant, passing times retire.

The signature suspends a fifth,
yet time courts only what is felt,
dissolving sense, belying myth,
until the moment’s truth is dealt.

Ecstatic hands in passion’s play,
seek release of love once dreamed,
concealing ivory’s secret lay
between each ebony accent schemed.

Beneath the floating waifs’ sustain,
the rhythm’s heart repeats its call,
revealing truth that loves remain,
whispering through each sweet note’s fall.

Here, time returns immortal.
Here, stanzas play in sensuous gait.
Here, hands cast dreams upon the keys.
Here, love sets free the dreamer’s fate.

photo courtesy of https://pixabay.com/en/music-piano-keys-keyboard-sound-279333/

poem inspired by the music of Denise Young, “Above The Clouds” – Passionata

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