That year the cold
shattered history

we huddled
our paralyzed bones

our suspended breath  
just to carry on.

That year flirting Spring 
smirked in the wings
denying flight.

That year
moon-honey flowed
only in thought,

until I found you

on the brink of understanding, 
your silken eyes quiet, 
your hand
an arched touch
on my frozen cheek.

Then warmth became 
more than mere promise 
the deepening earth
the hesitant sky
the curving seas.

You opened the
clear waters from
mountain crags--

I saw a cupped green leaf
floating in slow perfect circles
carved mossy banks,

your open arms
embracing each bank,
flesh and phantom
plumed falcons rising
from your white white hands,

the faint sun melting 
into a reflected moon
a transparent leaf.

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

...moon honey flowed only in thought...", great original language, and the water metaphor works so well to carry the poem to its conclusion.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lovely word painting throughout!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you. Well executed. Open enough that our imagination may build our own nest of this.

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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Oh, delicious and clear as a spring... cleanses the palate, for I'll ask you now to shock and delight the dear readers with a more scent laden offering... how about your incredible lover's poems? lily

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Ryan McGill 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

My first experience reading your work, and a very good one. Clear descritions and quiet allusions make this a very nice read. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Beautiful, Clark...

Peaceful New Year friend


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

You produce such beautiful poetry.

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moonfroth 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

XSTATIC --Thank you for the detailed comment. Much appreciated from you.

AUDREY -- A heady comment from a poet of your range. Tank you.

HAT --Thank you for noting that the reader is an important participant in my poems.

LILY --As always, many thanks. But what do you mean by

"incredible lover's poems"?

RYAN -- Twice in one morning! Thanks again.

DIOGENES --Bob, as long as you keep liking my stuff, I'm still on the right track.

IRISH -- You make me want to mumble "aw shucks!" and kick at imaginary gravel. Thank you.

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Had to come back and read this--I so admire your word usage throughout --this falls into the category of "I wish I had written that."

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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Spectacular, Clark. The flow of you words and the imagery are mesmerizing. Up and away...as they say-

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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

AUDREY==High praise indeed for an old poem! Thank you. BTW, did you get that invite from Ron?

WAYNE--Thank you m'friend. Very pleased you enjoyed it,

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Hi Clark--are you talking about the one on Linkedin? I will look--I looked just now and didn't see it--Would he mind terribly sending another one?

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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Author

Audrey -- Yes, the one on LinkedIn. I've asked Ron to re-send.

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Thank you Clark--

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