Imaginings - a poem about writing

self portrait 1972
self portrait 1972 | Source

Imaginings

destined to be recovered

from the fierce whirl

of my forgetful mind.

Starkly real

but imaginings

just the same.

Poetry is the game.

I name the pain.

Trower writes of barroom blues,

Julia, her distant clues

to earthly life.

I have a special view

and I must write poetry too.

Too long it's been in the bag

wish-washed like a well used rag.

Now to narrow my vision

with superb intent.

To light on the blood flow

of my mind's content.

Without hindrance

from the ever present

mosquito net

protecting me from the jabs

of true to life contact.

I was too vague

as a protection.

I was only groping

for expression.

Now I see the path of clear thought

opening at last to my present probings.

I will settle no longer

for the salty tears.

It's the blood I want

of years and fears.

Name them outright,

not to exorcise

but to awaken the devils

with dull surprise

and have them dance for me

before my eyes

that I might know my keepers

and so become wise.

To tell a store wise and true,

telling is the 'want to do'.

So tell now an adult fairytale

with summer hues of flowery vision.

Garlands hung of life's bright promises each one.

And fading as the flowers do,

of life's sad longing to be through.



circa 1978



Comments 31 comments

Vincent Moore 4 years ago

What a magnificent piece of past history going back to 78 You let your mind drift through your poetry, you want it to come out, you want to release it and any demons that come with it. I found your piece very stimulating and loved how your pen shaped and formed your words to tell your reader that you are a poet. I loved it, bravo my talented friend.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Aww Vincent! You are too kind. I published this for you, but now that you've seen it I have to go back and change one word that I switched to stay true to the excert I had quoted in a comment yesterday, but the original word fits better for me (it's an alliteration thing). Thank you, I'm very happy you found this poem from 'my back pages' to your liking.


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you snakeslane for sharing this poem. I love how you brought the demons forth to watch them dance. You used poetry to gain power over the demons that had held it first. I wish I could break through my chains. This poem may be my first step. Jamie


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautiful poem from your past meandering through the mind.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Really an exquisite poem my friend! The images are vibrant, and the message is clear. Oh those pesky demons! Great job!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a wonderful poem and written so long ago too. Thanks for sharing this one with us.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You have such a gift. A knack for turn-of-phrase. An eye for tone and pause. You are graced with a poet's soul.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You did break through the 'mosquito net,' snakeslane, with this powerful, poignant piece of poetry. Well done!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Jamie,thank you for reading. Selfcensorship is a huge writer's block. One I find difficult to get past or around. It is always looming. I hesitate, procrastinate, ruminate, all the 'ates' instead of getting it on the page. In the end that is what I end up writing about. And this poem, written (you do the math) years ago is as relevant today as it was them. I need to take my own advise from my younger wiser self I guess. Thankfully I did write it down so I wouldn't forget!

I like what you say "I wish I could break through my chains". What is holding us back?


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, This is great, looking back in time. Loved it. The self portrait looks exactly like i imagined you. A poet and an artist, I'm impressed..Bravo..


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Becky, I do appreciate you always taking the time to read my Hubs. And I am smiling at the 'beautiful' comment. :)


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

billybuc, I feel very fortunate to have found you as a sympathetic reader of my poetry. Thank you for your encouraging words.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hey xstatic, thank you for the 'wonderful'. Long ago, you got that right! You are very welcome, anytime.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

You have such power, purpose and pondering in your words.

Maybe long ago, but overwhelmingly timeless.

Love your self portrait...and song choice is amazing.

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Mckbbks, this is one of the nicest compliments I think I've ever received, thank you so much.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

drbj, well thank you, I would like to break through that net a lot more often. Appreciate your kind and encouraging comment.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Ruby, that is so sweet lol (that you imagined me). Thank you my lovely friend. I love your enthusiasm.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hey ms Mar, astute that's what you are, a friend, a shining star... the portrait is one of a series, pen and ink, brush and ink, paint, collage, photograph, even xerox (that is pretty weird, have you ever placed your face against the glass of a xerox copier?) Don't answer that. The song, thank you for noticing (an old Bob Dylan song covered by the Byrds). And the pondering, well it just goes on and on. Hugs right back at ya.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I loved your self portrait and your poem is fabulous - what talent!

Thank you and voted up


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you MM, I'm happy to see you here, what we gotta do for attention eh... :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hee-hee...I'm a psych nurse...whaddaya think...??!!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Such a wonderful piece of poetry. I could see your mind probing, asking for words to be released, no matter what the cost...Really magnificent. Pondering...a look into the depth of ones soul..Loved the song...Thank you!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

I was the photo copier operator at the school board resource centre so it was a no brainer (literally), maybe I'll do a hub about it, still have the pics. Too funny.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

I will settle no longer for the salty tears,It's the blood

i want of years and fears, very creative, voted up.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Good morning Sunnie! I was right here leaving a comment for Nurse Ratched, and you popped up, I didn't know you could do that. Ah the magic of Hub Pages. Thank you for reading yet again. I am embarrassed because I have totally neglected all reading except on a hit and miss basis (mostly miss) for weeks now. I can't make any excuses, it's just been one thing after another nonstop. You are so generous Sunnie. I don't know really how deeply I pondered over this. I just knew then, and I still know that I haven't got the guts to tell it like it is. There is always a 'filter' getting in the way. I'm glad you like the song, it works for me and kind of relates to what I am going on about here. Have a great day Ms Day.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Good Morning my friend, please don't fret..I too have felt so far behind..I spent last night trying to catch up but it had been weeks. I too still have that filter..maybe that is a good thing..some little things we need to keep close to our hearts, they are our treasures whether good or bad. Have a wonderful day..Hugs!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello girishpuri, thank you very much for reading and taking the time to comment (and vote!). :)


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

I ran out of comment space in "Nightflowers," we should exchange email or letters or something. But I do not know how to give out private info on Hubpages. Anyways, so after you have figured out which syllables are stressed or unstressed rearrange them to make them fit, like a Sunday morning newspaper word puzzle. Prior to sharing my poems my paper has lines all over it, it looks like a map of the world.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Jamie, Thank you for describing the process. Those scraps of paper you use for a rough draft sound interesting.


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epigramman 3 years ago

.....this is as pure as poetry gets in my opinion and you always carry that esteemed pedigree through all of your writing .....just arrived home from work on perhaps the coldest night of the year but the roads are bone dry with no wind or snow. There is an awesome (almost) full moon in the sky at lake erie time ontario 4:35am and listening to the heavenly jazz sounds of Thelonious Monk. Thank you for that wonderful Nick Cave link and yes I wrote another one at work from the point of view of a woman - not too many men try something like that - sending you warm wishes from the lake and two happy pussycats to see me and big hugs to your cats from mine


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Epi, So very kind of you to read and leave such a favourable comment. I am always amazed to get any response at all to these writings, and I am thrilled of course. I read your 'woman' poem, found it incredibly sad, but unfortunately so true. Tragic situation. It is interesting that you write it from the female point of view. Doesn't every fiction writer, playwright do this when they create male and female characters? Hadn't thought about it with regard to poetry, this is not the first time you've switched point of view? Got me curious now. Got any snow yet? The Lake must be close to freezing now I would imagine? Hi Gab and Miss Tif, (hope I remembered names right, I'm bad with names.) Lickey says mwrmew (I think that's about what he said if you read it phonetically). I think it means hello.

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