Lost Property

Sand between toes

Sea washes

Sand between toes

Sea washes

Imprints appear

Sea erases

Imprints appear

Sea erases
 
 
 
Feet stroll

Dry, light, feathery grains

Feet stroll

Wet, hard, compact, sediment

Eyes haze

Sun’s blistering heat

Eyes haze

In the distance: flapping
 
 
 
I draw near

Vibrant iridescence

I draw near

Engulfing textures

I pick up

Forgotten garment of words

I pick up

Mind’s discarded story tale
 
 
 
I write down

In case someone remembers

I write down

For they’ve misplaced it

I look

For a noticeable place

I look

For somewhere to hang it

Disowning

That I am the author

Disowning

Something that just arose.
 
 
 

For dverse open link night.

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40 thoughts on “Lost Property

  1. fascinating structure to this…it feels like waves…and interesting how the waves wipe out the impressions…and yet we try to capture them…interesting as well your disowning them as well….cool write…

    • It’s waves, but waves of thought. I was trying to capture an abstract process in a concrete way. Along with thoughts generally ebbing and flowing, I sometimes find a poem or story fully formed in my mind, as if it wasn’t a work of my own creation (I’ve never had a desire to write children’s stories, but nevertheless they’ve appeared). It feels like walking along a beach, the waves washing to and fro, and then I spot a sweater someone’s dropped, and I look for a place to hang it, in case they come looking for it, and its got hardly anything to do with me. Hence, the poem tries to weave the abstract with the real…and why I use a handle.

  2. Yes, it does feel like waves; and I experienced again what is like to walk along the ocean beach, and you’ve got me yearning…. And, as the poem progresses, it is good to write down to remember or to help someone else remember or both! Smiles.

  3. Hypnotizing.Like the breakers of course, but also the monotony of weaving. Weft from left to right and weft back again. Clacked into place by the beater after each turn. Lovely voice.

  4. I love the repeated lines, which then move off in different directions – this is so like the process (hah!) of creativity, so reflective of the way our minds work.

  5. Interestingly, this poems sounds like a contemplative’s insights in the coming and going of things — and therein, finding a radiance or resonance or “Yūan” (in my language).
    BTW, I am not a big fan of skinny poems that make me scroll and scroll — even wrote a poem about it here. But perhaps many folks love it.

    Instead, the reading helped — normally I click past any long poem like this. But I loved your reading. The visual form loses me and is distracting. But that is me. Thought I’d share the impression. But again, LOVE the poem.

  6. A very nice feel to this. And your reading voice is wonderful, too! Repetitive rhythms work particularly well there. You have made the abstract concrete. Enjoyed this.

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