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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 08:52 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Sun 11/19/06)
Learning to Float

Relax. It's like love. Keep your lips
moist and parted, let your upturned hands
unfold like water lilies, palms exposed.

Breathe deeply, slowly. Forget chlorine
and how the cement bottom was stained
blue so the water looks clear

and Caribbean. Ignore the drowned mosquitoes,
the twigs that gather in the net
of your hair. The sun is your ticket,

your narcotic, blessing your chin,
the floating islands of your knees.
Shut your eyes and give yourself

to the pulsating starfish, purple and red,
that flicker on your inner lids.
Hallucination is part of the process,

like amnesia. Forget how you learned
to swim, forget being told
Don't panic. Don't worry. Let go

of my neck. It's only water. Don't think
unless you're picturing Chagall,
his watercolors of doves and rooftops,

lovers weightless as tissue,
gravity banished, the dissolving voices
of violins and panpipes. The man's hand

circles the woman's wrist so loosely,
what moors her permits her to float,
and she rises past the water's skin,

above verandas and the tossing heads
of willows. Her one link to earth,
his light-almost reluctant-touch, is a rope

unfurling, slipping her past the horizon,
into the cloud-stirring current. This far up,
what can she do but trust he won't let go?

April Linder

***************

RL

If you have a request for a certain Poet, post their name in the thread and I will find a poem by them and post it...

if you want to see some of my poetry, see the blog at:
http://www.myspace.com/retropaul
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 12:10 PM
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1. i think she has captured the essence of floating quite
nicely. to me there is no need for the last 3 verses.

it finishes with

"...of violins and panpipes."


thanks RL, very nice!! :hi:
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 12:10 PM
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2. sorry--
Edited on Sun Nov-19-06 12:11 PM by wildhorses
:shrug:







computer has a mind of its own this morning!
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 12:10 PM
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3. dupe
Edited on Sun Nov-19-06 12:10 PM by wildhorses
good grief :eyes:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 01:14 PM
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4. Good morning, my dear Retro...
Ah, this is lovely and gentle........

And it's all about trust, isn't it?

Love is trusting someone with your heart, your body, your life...

I know.........I've been there......... :hug:

Thank you......
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