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In Dream Time


In Dream Time
(For Laura and Robert)

Seeing the Sorrowful King
in the slanting rain,
the river run night much like
the closing cowl, or laid on cream,
and rising out of
cold's captivity just as
shaken songbirds start back
coming like friends;
when slope's frozen water runs
melt and fall free,
and the westerly wind comes
through to wrap the skin.

Or still seeing places left behind
in Earth Daughter's eyes,
the stranger grown, the gray glint
of her frightened eyes
after she's left his company
to darkly go dreaming,
darkly down dreaming,
her first flesh closely moving to,
dipping down into
the Mothering Deep, tellurian keep
where no king ever can go
and calling a claim, or combing for her
without her face turning away.
And where she would've gone for sure
bathing in the cure, the fetid scent
of an older woman's delta breath,
then reigning in herself
in the cul de sac, the path
while holding her hand out over
the hungry lion's mouth.

And just as suddenly seeing her
come freely home again
like a holy half moon bending before
his river rilled steps,
or coming up over the rising tide
leaning across, bending into
the thrilling night's crest,
to intently ask for
a sad eyed son as if
he always had been her
lavender lover, her brother.
And signing him the way
while lions sleep
and cedar sweep stirs
just before the straightening stem.

Terreson
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hi tere,

The language meshes like music in this. Just that and the images are enough.

I am getting the end of winter and Persephone rising from the [sign in to see URL] that could be my compulsion to [sign in to see URL] doesn't matter.

Chris
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The rhythm and music of this poem, the language -- what it says, how it sounds -- is like water over rocks sweeping along irresistibly anything that falls into it. The reader falls in, and then....
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Thanks for reading and for commenting. Hope the poem gives some pleasure. Prosodicly, this is how I was proceeding in the late 80s. Last night, looking for another poem, found this one and remembered. It comes from the same collection I drew on when posting the poems in the thread Word Horde (4).

Yes, poem operates on a few different levels. Dedication was an after-thought but I think it fits. Laura is Laura Riding. Robert is Robert Graves. Poets and their Muses generally do not understand just how dangerous the dynamic is that gets set up between them. They can't afford to, since, in the end it is mutually destructive. Why that has to be I don't know. Maybe it doesn't have to be, certainly wasn't in the case of Browning and Barret, just usually is. Anyway, as the poem makes clear, that dynamic is entered into for reasons much larger than either party.

Funny. I almost regret having made poetry like this. It means I can't make it this way again. Themes get repeated, being limited in number. But no poet can afford to repeat a trope.

Tere
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Tere,

The language in this poem is beautiful, musical as both Chris and vkp point out. The end of winter, the coming of spring, death and rebirth, I got that from the poem. I saw a connection between the Sorrowful King and the Oak King/Green Man, but I am not well-versed in that mythology. A poet and his/her lover/muse is bad enough. Two poets and each the other's lover/muse is double-trouble I suppose. Glad you pointed out the Barrett-Browning exception to counterbalance the Riding/Graves and Plath/Hughes dynamics.
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