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And Yet,
by Dawn Richerson
Friday, September 29, 2006
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He is an island unto himself,
a mass of potential solidified,
hardened to the core,

            and yet

within him stirs the strangest
longing to be found, to be
discovered for who he really is.

She is a mighty vessel, sails
unfurled, dancing with the wind,
fluid, open to the new,

            and yet

within her heart a block of ice
has wedged itself. Her ship turns
sharply from any unfamiliar shore.

                        ~

In waters where she used to sail
the freed man swims, his face alight
with bubbled joy and hope,

            and yet

within him, a gaseous realization:
he is killing himself by holding his breath
about what he has done.

She is a tropical breeze, relieved
to be who she wants to be: tied in love
and life to the free man, drowning,

            and yet


within her heart the fury of a storm
wails, tossing her into an unknown sea
alone and lost, reaching for a rope.

            ~  ~  ~

Accustomed to seeing through a storm,
she watches from the bow of her ship
once-beloved free man who cut her loose,

            and yet

senses from afar dwindling hope
in heart of his chosen companion.
Lowering her sails, she cuts her own rope

            and floats away, trusting
            she will be carried by
            a tropical wind revived
            that might blow her
            back to the nearest shore
            and with grace let her
            one day remember the stars
            reflecting in a sea of love.

The island had not desired his shores
to be littered by shipwreck, wanted nothing
of her fanciful sails, tainted and tattered,

            and yet

he understood harsh grains, so comfortable,
would be dislodged, some disintegrated,
by residue of a wild and dangerous sea.

            But he let her rest, believing
            she would be restored
            and set aright upon
            life’s ocean of mystery
            and with grace
            be allowed again
            to one day remember the stars
            reflecting in a sea of love.

 

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Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 10/3/2006
incredible imagery herein, dawn. exquisite work, poetess!
peace,
carolyn
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 10/2/2006
" to one day remember the stars
reflecting in a sea of love."

What a beautiful line you've repeated, making it the very centerpiece of this wonderful poem.

Love & Light,
Joseph
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 9/30/2006
Powerfully beautiful, this tale of strength and weakness shines, Dawn.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by J M 9/30/2006
Such beautiful castings in expression and imagery this ode of beauty. Bless you,
Joselyn
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/30/2006
Dawn,

Richly imaged, powerfully penned, poignant poetry, effectively emotional; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by jude forese 9/29/2006
outstanding poem, Dawn ...your power of imagery brings this poem to life ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/29/2006
Dawn, you outdid yourself with thie poetic masterpiece! Inspired beauty eloquently expressed!...Eileen
Reviewed by alejapoet@aol.com Bennett 9/29/2006
What a lovely-soothing poem.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 9/29/2006
This is a magnificent piece
Beautifully expressed

Love & Peace
William

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/29/2006
OMG this is a keeper......par excellence Dawn!!

Love Tinka
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