Monday, May 28, 2007

Less than 80, Far Greater than 1

In response to the lovely and meaningful work of Robert Bruce,
How to Write a Poem.

It takes the math
for words to sing
it takes the math
for music
yes. and the heart
without heart
how flat
touch my heart

play to my head
too sharp, too piercing
bladelike screeching
fall flat, lay down dead

it's the math
the spaces
colors dancing
major and minor keys
not music, feelings

reality
intentionality
hiding the elephant
revealing what's not really
whispers

lies
truth
in between the thoughts
in between the breaths
in between you and me

I listen
a melody
where none is offered
I watch
a true story
that hasn't happened
I feel
a voice touching . . .
a voice poetic
refusing the mathematics. . .
that less than 80
can be
far greater than one.

es 5/28/07

6 comments:

Mickey said...

I'm sorry .... I left out a word and my comment made no sense without it! So I will try again!

I listen
a melody
where none is offered
I watch
a true story
that hasn't happened
I feel
a voice touching . . .
a voice poetic


Your poem is beautiful .... but something in me started to reverberate at the quoted words. Again ... I feel you and I feel and think much the same way. I am so happy I am back blogging, if only to read your wonderful and beautiful words.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Mickey,
We have so much in common. I'm so glad you're back too. Thank you for listening to . . . what I'm not saying. :)

Your words mean so much.

dsnake1 said...

i hear your very poetic voice, Liz. :) beautiful and honest.

and thanks for the link to Robert Bruce.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dsnake,
That's music, your comment, thank you friend. :)

Robert Bruce said...

Thanks for this Liz.

Sorry I'm late, but as I've marveled before, I don't know how you do this.

My Chi friend.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Robert,
I'm not sure what it is I do that is marvelous, but I value that word from you.

You are the American Poet.