Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shape-Shifter


See the pretty bells of the Foxglove

All along the garden path

Where I once reached for you

As if I were

Some stupid but beautiful hummingbird.



Now,

I curl around the stalks of the Foxglove

As if each one were a caduceus.

Darling,

See the Sabi Star, the Daphne, and the Suicide Tree.

See them and come back;

Come back to me.



I have tea--

Yellow Jessamine.

White Snakeroot.

Mountain Laurel.

Don't tell me that it's over.



I wait in the shadows of the Foxglove

Like the garden cat

You picked up, stroked, and stole.

My feelings haven't changed; they continue intense...

No matter what, believe that I'm still your girl.

Have a care, come to me, any time at all.

Your hummingbird waits,

Deep in the blur and beating

Of her impossible breathless wings.

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for One Shot Wednesday

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29 comments:

signed...bkm said...

Oooooo! nice kitty..i see you have been eating meow mix...love the references to the teas...Great read Shay....bkm

Mojo said...

Just mind you be careful of the blade FB dahling.

Okie said...

love the imagery and motion created throughout this piece. very cool

Brian Miller said...

i am a little afraid to go in the garden now...seductive voice in this one shay...i did chuckle at the stupid hummingbird..smiles. happy oneshot!

Riot Kitty said...

Did I ever tell you that there is a bar in NYC called Meow Mix?

willow said...

This is gorgeous. I love the waiting hummingbird, deep in that blur, beating, waiting.

Desert Rose said...

And the kitty did it!! amazing one shot..:) your style is different,i liked this one..pretty much in fact..:)

Cloudia said...

caduceus

Jessamyn

no wonder you are my favorite living poetess, Shay


Warm Aloha from Waikiki :)

Comfort Spiral

Scarlet Ily said...

"Impossible breathless wings..." Chica, this is a beautiful romantic tragedy...and it better not be about HER. It's too good for *her.* F'get about "her!" ;)

PS - Off topic...Did you know there's a lesbian bar in Miami named "Scratch?"

Steven Marty Grant said...

I have lived this more than once, great metaphor, great poem

CM said...

That darn garden cat! ;-)

Wow, this was so REAL! I liked it! And that stupid hummingbird...or wait, we all act that way sometimes, don't we!

dustus said...

I'm not sure how to interpret your poem, Shay. (beyond saying it's amazing) The references are profound and weave a tapestry of myth and numerous visions—though I think the emotion in the lines trump the allusions, or illusions. Also, just saw the comment you left me. thank you sincerely, I often doubt if my words "hit home" Grateful for what you said :)

G-Man said...

Fireblossom...
Haven't I read this before?
*I have a Great Memory for all things Shay?
*I have just experianced Deja Vu...AGAIN?
*I'm just a tottering Old Geezer?

Whatever....
We may banter publicly.
But You Absolutely know how much I respect you.
And how I REALLY feel about you...
I have the pictures to prove it.

Loved this Shay.....G

TALON said...

Stealing cats...that's quite a feat. And stealing hearts should be punishable by law...

moondustwriter said...

I'm waiting for the pounce

Ok - nice kitty

Well done Shay and a gr8 One Shot

Moon smiles

Pete Marshall said...

somehow i saw a breakup and when he left he took the family pet too.. beautifully worded piece..but then your work always is..thanks for sharing pete

Claudia said...

whew - this was mysterious and contains layers and layers to unwrap - wonder what you'll do to him when he comes back...

Tabitha Bird said...

Shape Shifter. you had me at the title. Do you submit these anywhere? They are really good!

Daryl said...

I've always suspected hummingbirds were not too bright ... ;-)

Beachanny said...

The womanly need to cast spells and weave magic with all her familiars. Magical poem. Thanks. Gay

Lynn said...

A powerful spell!

Debbie said...

I would be on my guard!

PattiKen said...

Oh, a shape shifter in the garden, talking bout plants and herbs. Beware the belladonna. Nice one.

Carrie Burtt said...

I am captivated by this beautiful poem!! :-)
Shay thank you for all the sweet comments over at my blog. :-)

mac said...

You threw me a curve ball!

I saw the kitty and was expecting QOTV to show up somewhere.

What a lovely curve it was :-)

kavisionz said...

I really don't know if it's love that keep the hopes alive, or the other way around... whatever it is, they stay alive!!!
And this is beautifully (albeit with pain) expressed in your poem...
Thanks for sharing..

Mama Zen said...

I just want my tea.

razzamadazzle said...

Beautiful imagery--I love your word choices. "Curl around the stalks of the Foxglove." Awesome!

Teresa

Vesper said...

Shay, this is soooo amazingly beautiful, and all the garden references are just wonderful...