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firmitas
by Alan Abrams

Friday, April 06, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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a work in process


building starts with retromotion—
backhoe bucket, lunging, plunging into the earth,
engine burdened, black smoke belching--
burnished teeth rending, bucket lifting, heaped with black soil--
that first pungent scoop, perfume to a builder’s nose

        *    *    *

sun breaks over tops of trees--
and where the light descends into the pit,
it aurifies the ochre floor, on which I stand,
gravedeep, in my private room--
surrounded by these layered walls, roofed over by the perfect sky


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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/9/2012
This piece presents to me, an anti-development slant with words in the first stanza of 'burnished teeth', 'belching,' 'heaped' and then slips in a positive note of "perfume to a builder's nose." The second stanza is full of earth and air appreciation and juxtaposing 'freedom' of sun, trees, light, perfect sky . . with pit and gravedeep. It feels like the story of life; we notice 'in my private room' the contrast of intruder and intrudee. Everywhere. Mural of a happening in this. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Joel Sattler 4/9/2012
Good stuff.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/7/2012
A vivid description of new construction. Perhaps a rebuilt life.

Ron
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 4/7/2012
nicely done, alan.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/6/2012
the first stanza is rich in image
of doing, Alan, but the second
moves to another level, the inner construction,
the human condition

this is fine work indeed

john
Reviewed by JMS Bell 4/6/2012
AWESOME WORK...BRINGING ALL OF THE ELEMENTS TOGETHER...HIGH AND LOW...THAT GIVES YOU JOY AND PEACE. CERTAINLY, MUCH 'WORK' GOING ON HERE. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by jude forese 4/6/2012
enjoyed how you constructed the ambiance of this poem ...
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