Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Starfish Constellations

I wonder about the window
that’s collecting dust as the leaves
are changing colors
close my eyes and hold a seashell
to my ear
listening the ocean
call me back to the beach house
where I can watch the moments
float round and round
in a summer time capsule


In the room above the house
oars rested in fishnets draped
across the ceiling
holding starfish constellations
It was a watch tower
between the sea and moon
Where the sandy breeze tickled my face
Sometimes I can still taste the sea salt

My dark eyes often transport me
I explore the bookshelves of thick texts
with old brown covers that dim the room
You pour me some wine
and I sit close while you read
your favorite poem
about a bird
by Edgar Allen Poe
chasing each word with your finger
as you read them syllable by syllable

On cold nights like tonight
I lie under a deep sea of blue comforters
envisioning the starfish constellations
And I whisper poe's lines:
“the raven sitting lonely…
spoke only that one word, as if his soul
in that one word he did out pour”



14 comments:

paisley said...

so nicely written.. and the inspiration of quoting the poe as your close really made it... excellent....

Linda said...

This took me right back to my childhood when we would rent a cottage at a lake and there was a bookshelf filled with old books. thanks for the walk down memory lane! Well done!

gautami tripathy said...

I could smell the sea. And thinking of all those books..............

Welcome to TOP!

creatures of eerie night

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Yeah, I like it! Chasing each word etc...

Lisa said...

Beautiful and vivid, I could see everything so well. I loved the ending.

Greyscale Territory said...

A perfect moment of inner peace.

It is so good when there is some time for the soul!

Gemma

tumblewords said...

The phrase 'your favorite poem about a bird by Edgar Allen Poe' is a stunner. Love your poem - it's vibrant and vivid.

Crafty Green Poet said...

very evocative, very good use of rhyme and line breaks.

my backyard said...

I miss summer, too.

anthonynorth said...

Excellently written, and Poe is without doubt my favourite writer ever.

Cynthia said...

I love the interior feel of this
poem, the listening in, as she
listens in. Very intimate, like
a secret is being shared with me.

gautami tripathy said...

A great poeish moment!

Writing style meme

Stan Ski said...

Very vivid - great attention to detail, like being there.

Fireblossom said...

This is gorgeous. I agree with Cynthia.