ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A POEM FOR LILY

Updated on August 1, 2012


A LITTLE PREAMBLE

Like most poets, I want each of my poems to stand on its own, a bridge between me and my reader. Each should have its own strength, its own integrity, and be whole enough to offer an experience for the reader free of intrusion or interpretation on my part. Such intrusions would merely make me a critic of my own stuff, which is pretentious and—worst of all—boring.

Having said all that, here I am breaking my own rule, but this is a rather special situation. A fellow Hubber and fellow poet, Lilyfly, was recently going through what our British friends might call a “rough patch”. Lilyfly is a poet of great strength and honesty, but she was down on her poetry and generally wrestling with a lot of negative demons and this kind of energy was strongly present in a couple of poems. I sent the following short poem to her privately, as a gesture of respect for her talent and a bit of an attempt to pull her out of the doldrums.

She asked me to make the poem available publicly—so that’s the story behind it, and here it is.


A POEM FOR LILY


when you've written songs

for angels,

brushed your hair gently

against the outer reaches of the stars,

and polished dew drops to

diamond-facet brilliance,

it can be difficult to

remember that those

breakthrough moments are

the slashing swords,

the whirring maces,

the marching phalanxes

of war

that sweeten the sewers

drain the fetid cesspools

and cast sweet seeds

on the dying fields of indifference.


© clark cook

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • moonfroth profile imageAUTHOR

      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Cynthia and Irish Eyes -- I'm pleased that the poem touched your feelings and thank you for your kind words, though "tear-inspired" has wrinkled my brow, Irish. Not sure I get that. . .

      Hyph and Alexander -- I've been urging Lily to get a book of her poems in print. They are so worthy. I'm flattered that you'd like to see my stuff published as well. Thank you.

      Hatter -- ah c'mon! you're leaving me dangling! But I think it's a compliment. . .

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      what can I say, that you don't already know but thank you

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This tear-inspired poem is wonderful. You have great writing ability and a huge heart.

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      You described our Lily perfectly. She is bright and beautiful especially when fighting for her life. Indeed the lives of us all. Moonfroth, you and Lily are wonderful poets. I wish I had books so I could read your words anytime.

    • Alexander Mark profile image

      Alexander Silvius 

      6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      You really should publish your work my friend. I am not a poet, but there is so much depth here I can't find the words to describe my adoration for your work.

    • cynthtggt profile image

      Cynthia Taggart 

      6 years ago from New York, NY

      Moonfroth - I am so deeply moved by this poem that tears welled up in my eyes. Your compassion and the way you capture the recesses of deepest hope for Lily there in your heart - if only we (Lily) would not be so blind to see it - and conveying to her a deep compassion and commendment of her spirit and talent as a poet - well - made me teary-eyed. Oh, Lily! Is there a greater gift can one receive from a friend?!

    • moonfroth profile imageAUTHOR

      Clark Cook 

      6 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Bob and Snake -- The potential of poetry to open up many roads for many readers through unique and evocative language is surely its hallmark as an art form. Your very different takes on this little piece underscore that point--and Bob, may the transition in imagery baffle you and bring you back to the poem a gazillion times! Snake--as you say, Lily is one-of-a-kind for sure, but I'm hardly a mentor here. I've learned every bit as much from her work as she might have picked up from mine.

    • snakeslane profile image

      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Robert, I've been following lilyfly's poetry, and loving it. I admire the courage it takes to give voice to the insecurities that we all experience at times. I hope, given a little time and distance, lilyfly will see how truly remarkable these poems are.

      Your genuine support and mentoring is clearly evident in the comments you've made and the poem you present here. That is a gift to any writer. Regards, snakeslane

    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 

      6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Moon: Well, I read this several times and it is strong all right. Not many poems baffle me; I can usually wring one perception from them that satisfies me. But this did...I assumed you were 'speaking'to a god at first, as I do in verse occasionally; I became lost during the transition from the beautiful things "becoming" the clarion song of warfare. There are as many interpretations of work like this as there are shifting neuron fields producing them...back to read again!

      Bob

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)