The Wistful Accountant, A Poem




(Note to reader: HubPages formatting protocols will NOT permit me to lay the words of this poem out on the page the way they are supposed to be laid out. Very frustrating. Makes you want to go somewhere else)


these words

wash over me

like

raw silk

drawn slowly

over the gleaming round

of a white shoulder


like

syrup smoothing

down the bark

of mother tree


like

molten dawn seeking

quiet validation

from the pools of darkness


I breathe life

in all these images--

craftsman

progenitor

obsessor

servant

slave


ah! Euterpe, Erato, you wanton

sluts of divine grace

were it not

for your seductive ways

I coulda bin

an

Accountant

______________

© clark cook

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

moonfroth, There's no accounting for those silken-shouldered Goddesses, or those enraptured souls who must express their charms. I think you can format in your word program and save as HTML and import into the capsule somehow, or cut and paste into the capsule, not sure exactly, but there is a way to do that. Nellieanna does it all the time in her poetry Hubs. Regards, snakeslane


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BongSantos 4 years ago from Philippines

You weave words so beautifully that formatting must not frustrate you. I'm sure your poem will be more expressive had you been permitted to lay it out as you want to, but the emotion, to me at least, is sufficiently palpable. I enjoyed it.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Irregardless of not being able to produce your selected lay out did not detract from the awesome poem. Fantastic and mystical as well as a wonderful flow to the entire hub.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Lovley Clark. Copy or write poem to Notepad, then paste to HP...I think it goes onto HP formatting then as single line division.

Bob


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

Snake--thanks for appreciating the shoulders, and for the formatting advice.

Bong--thanks for dropping by, and I'm very pleased you enjoyed the poem.

Irish -- always a pleasure to "see" you and hear your words

Diogenes -- You're alive! I'm enjoying your current Hub. More later on that.

And I'll try the Notepad bit. Never thought of that.


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PeppermintPaddy 4 years ago from The vast expanse of creative space (my brain)

Lovely poem. I like how it's mildly despairing because of sex...the costs that people pay! And I can't help wondering what happened to the women. Did you end up losing everything?


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

Paddy -- welcome and thanks for the intriguing comment. The speaker of the poem (not me personally, of course) I projected as A Poet. Not me-the-poet, but a Poet reflecting on the wonder--and the bondage--of his Art. You saw something quite different, you took from the poem a different "declaration of history" and a special nuance that I did not consciously intend--and damn! is not THAT the range of possibilities poetry opens for all of us and that makes it such an exciting Art form! If you got out of it exactly what I put into it--sheesh! why bother? Go read laundry lists. Thanks again Paddy--really enjoyed your comment.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Ah yes, those lost careers and great paying enterprises abandoned to the muse and the pen. sigh

It sure is fun though, isn't it Moon?


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Clark I love this poem.. just the way you laid it out.. but I do know what you meant by what you said.. about hub screening our words.. sometimes.. oh well

I love it

sharing' Debbie


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

Thanks

Thanks Deb! Y'all cmon back now!


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bzirkone 4 years ago from Kansas

Held my breath and read it with a curled lip and a reluctant eye, looking straight down my considerable snout. Turns out I liked it. Impressive credentials. You are out of my league as a writer, so, I will follow and learn. Nice job.


moonfroth 4 years ago

bzirkone - thanks for your honest comment. Hope to see more of you, 'cause we aren't in different leagues (as in levels of quality)--a League is also a measure of distance (3 miles or 4.8 km) developed by the ancient Celts. We're all in the same league, just at different locations along the way. Hope to see more of you. Read your Bio--loved it!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Excellent! You are definitely a "contendah," if not an accountant. I can relate to those formatting problems. Takes a while to get around them.


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

Thanks xstatic -- I spent a couple of very enjoyable years in grad school at U of O--a thousand yrs. ago, I think!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

No kidding, when would that have been? I'm sure we had some of the same Profs.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

What a delicious poem pulsating with delicious imagery, Moonfroth! I ran across you in a comment on another blog and felt I had to come find you here. I'm glad I did.

I appreciate Snakeslane's mention of my formatting technique for my poetry in HP. It's not done with any importing of html, though I would do so if it were an option here. It is merely in using the modicum of options that are available. I also miss being able to lay out my lines as I laid them out writing by hand, which is my method before transcribing to the computer. I've always felt that the spontaneous manner in which I write them on the page is a visceral part of the poetry.


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

nellie -- I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the poem


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

My pleasure. . .


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Such a beautiful write actually--wonderful imagery!!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Ah, silky smooth and beautifully written! I love the style of this piece. (and I understand your frustration with not being able to format it the way you know it should be)


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

Audrey--you know how I admire your poetry, so I esp. value a compliment from you. BTW, I sent you a couple of private notes about a new poetry site. I'm beginning to think they did not get through to you. Yes? No?


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

Wayne--thank you so much. I've only just discovered YOUR poetry, and I'm quite blown away. Marvelous stuff.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Quite a wonderful and delicious poem. I so sympathize with your frustration about the format restraints. Nice work. Sharing, if HP will let me - another nw restriction. Theresa


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ALUR 3 years ago from USA

Happy to have stumbled on a witly, sultry piece such as this. You drew me in with "breath life" and then caught me off guard with the ending which pleased me intensely. Such poetry does not need a layout as you point out to make its point

Well done. You're welcome to visit my versatile hubs as well:)


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

PHD-- thank you for the kind words.. (I've never understood the "sharing" bit--how does that work??)

ALUR -- thank you indeed. Since you rnjoyed the ending, you must read my super-short poem, "The Plunge of Love". on my Hubpages.

............and now that you've both found me, I intend to visit both your sites and enjoy,


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Hi moonfroth - On the right hand side of the page of every Hub there are advertisements and/or a list of Related Search Terms. Just below that in italics it says Like This Hub and then gives you several options. I spend very little time on Facebook and I don't Tweet or Pin...

But I do occasionally click on the area that says HubPage Followers. If I read something really good or helpful or beautiful, but it has received very few views or comments (sometimes its as simple as the time of day it was posted), then I will click there and it is sent to the feeds of everyone who follows me, not back through my feed. I do it to encourage good writers and good writing.

Hope that helps. :) Theresa


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

THERESA --

Thank YOU. Hubpages should hire you!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Yes, they probably should. lol


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sonia05 3 years ago from india

I am so glad that I stopped by to read your wonderful hub. Beautiful words woven with utmost passion and wild imagination!

Awesome hub, really like your style of writing! voted up too!


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

SONIA--

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. My wife visited India about 30 years ago and has been in love with the country, the people, and the cuisine ever since. i will pass on your recipe for paneer, and while she's enjoying that i will enjoy following your writing.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hello, moonfroth,

This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing, to be quite frank with you.

I loved every word--and the lay-out was superb. Interesting, in-depth, helpful, and very informative. Great job.

I can relate to your frustration about using accepted words. Yes, it is very annoying.

Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

You have such a gift for writing. Just keep writing and good things are bound to happen to you.

I cordially invite you to read one or two of my hubs, and be one of my followers.

That would make my day.

I am so honored to meet you.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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