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The Moon Is a Jade
by Deborah Russell

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The Moon Is a Jade

This sky is full of starlight
against the deep, dark black.

Lightly, the way sleep gleams
the eyes on winter nights,

his hair, unleashed, brushes
my face … though it doesn't matter

as I pass from one dream to the next,
thoughts unwinding flexible threads.

Frayed …the moon is a jade,
pages pressed with feathers,

poems of fading light and love's
restless disease. You'd think, by now,

I'd have memorized the path where
pine needles lay down their pungent scent,

where sunlight kisses eyes and weaves
fragmented seams in light weight wraps …

I wake in a combination of sun
and shadow; knowing he was no more than

an inspiration for a poem -
yet in this slight breeze,
I feel the definition of his laugh.

Deborah Russell, © 2007
(Poetry, Etc. 07)

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Reviewed by E. Richardson 10/10/2007
I was rambling about a bit today and ran across this piece. It is outstanding. The entire feel of this work is soft, both in its composition and imagery. Yet for all that softness, there is an edginess, a sharpness rather like walking through soft grass barefooted and suddenly stepping on a stone. It's that small point of sadness that adds a depth to this fine work.
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 5/12/2007
Wonderful expression! Deborah, you always express so well in your poetry! I enjoyed this!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Gloria Gay 4/8/2007
Wonderful poem; evocative, warm and sensual.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/11/2007
The feel of Japanese prayer.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 2/9/2007
lovely write, deborah.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/1/2007
Beautiful write, soft and sensual...enjoyed!
Joyce B.
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