Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Between Earth and Sky, a Conspiracy of Hearts



This poem has been slightly revised from the original as it appears in my collection. Why do I make revisions at all, especially where poems have already appeared in poetry publications elsewhere in their original form? To be honest, I am not really sure. Some poems I don’t revise in the least; others, as I read them from a distance of several years or more, seem to cry out, to a greater or lesser extent, for change.

As a poem is being read and interrelates with the reader, it takes on a life of its own. How much of a life and what shape it takes will depend, of course, as much on the reader as the poet. Could it be perhaps that even poems - like many of us as we grow old(er) - would welcome a makeover of sorts?

Lovers may well turn a deaf ear to others suggesting they keep both feet on the ground, but more often than not it is good advice. Love may well have its head in the clouds, but needs to feed on a life force earthiness as well... if only to guard against becoming pie in the sky.

 BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY, A CONSPIRACY OF HEARTS

The touch of your cheek
like damask on mine;
playful fingers, eagerly
entwining;
watching a crescent moon
play hide-and-seek;
an occasional star venturing
to peek…
as clouds drift down, cover
the world’s lovers
with a handkerchief stained
shades of blue,
for all the lights, darks
and in-betweens
of life, love, joy, grief…
on pearly brows

Distant hum of an aeroplane
waking the senses
to a nearer reality, hinting
at immortality
as your lips home in
on mine,
the damp handkerchief
licking our faces,
concealing (consenting);
heaven’s embraces
gathering pace, spinning
the Earth’s axis,
spilling us like drops of dew
from spreading petals
come break of day, leading
the way, handkerchief
exuding the incredible scent
of our lovemaking,
pink triangle of dawn
risen like its chorus, nature’s
lasting blessing
upon our finer triumphs

Copyright R. N. Taber 2004; 2011

[Note: This poem has been only slightly revised from the original version as it appears under the title 'Heaven's Handkerchief' in The Third Eye by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2004; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.]



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