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Warrior Woman


Every St. Pattys day I think of a woman who picked me up in the bar I was working on same day. Not sure why but, for her, I made an exception to my professional rule. Her nick name was Bets. By vocation an artist. By profession she sat on the board of councellors to the governor. Olympia WA. Not sure what her counsel amounted to. We tried the fit of each other a few times. Last time I saw her it was some years later. Her governor was recently out of the mansion. She was sitting in the unemployment office, looking to apply for unemployment insurance. Almost didn't recognize her. When we had played together she was strong boned, slender, powerful in her will. So sweet on the eyes. That day, however, she looked bloated and her eyes had no shine. I was truly glad to see her again. But she was embarrassed, uncomfortable. So I didn't pry, didn't keep her, went on with my own business of seeking assistance.

My poem was writrten before that last day. It is how I still see her.


Warrior Woman

She didn't mean to make as much,
her late night's confession coming when
two lovers rest and fold in.
She had already said as how
it was seeing her star
that made her want to walk to where
I still tend a bar,
and we had already shared a shot
of the Peruvuan brandy
that can and always slightly craze her.
Green flashes, summer grasses
and the midnight music coming then,
the interlude whose tune is timeless.

So did she mean when she said
it was catching up with her?
Just the nameless gnaw, the low groan,
the knowing and not knowing where
she should be going.
The angst, the frozen flow.
And so quickly spoken,
so quietly said.
My sister, earth door's daughter
slenderly slipping out the door
too early in the morning.
My warrior woman who still just waits
to come true to her nature.

(as they say power may corrupt. clear to me it also wastes a beautiful soul.)

Terreson
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hi tere,

Some beautiful lines here: "the interlude whose tune is timeless." I had to stop and read that one again.

Happy belated St. Pattys Day!

Chris
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Thanks, Chris. Small poem. All I got for the day.

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This is really so beautiful. I love the last lines:
quote:

My warrior woman who still just waits
to come true to her nature.


Written by a closely observant and understanding lover, who sees all that the young woman can be, all that rests inside her.

The music of the poem is strong. As here:
quote:

Green flashes, summer grasses
and the midnight music coming then,
the interlude whose tune is timeless.



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Thanks for reading, vkp. A slender poem, of course. Maybe an etude in the French kind of way.

Tere
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Hi Tere,

Sometimes a poet's explanations ruin a poem for me, but your introductory notes and background stories always add something, fill out a bigger picture. You have referred to the poem as being small and slender. It seems to me to be a delicate love poem for a lover whose time with you was brief but not insignificant.
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Thanks, Kat. I hope what you say is true at least most of the time. For me, the love dynamic amounts to a moment of psychology. Think on it. What, in life, brings us to a more extreme moment? It is what makes us choose between danger and safety, between keeping inviolate and letting go. It is one of those moments of existential truth, pass/fail.

Bets and I were not deep lovers. But her case fascinated me. She felt clearly she had to make a choice early on between letting herself fall in love or keeping to the governor's mansion in her professional capacity. Too many women don't understand what she understood. The life vectoring choice, at least for the passionate sort. I admired her for her clear seeing. I walked away thanking her for not playing light with me. Second strophe captures something she said about herself that last night about how it was catching up with her. Never expected to see her years later, bloated and demoralized.

I do not understand why more poets and writers do not devlve into the love stuff in the in depth way. The glorious detail tells us so much about what it means to be human. Not true. I do understand. Ours is such an ironic Age, another defense mechanism.

Tere
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