Sunday, August 19, 2012

Love Song From A Plain Woman

I am no beauty.
There is grass more glamorous than me;
There are weeds bolder,
And the simple red-winged blackbird
Is better adorned...

But, I keep your name as close to my heart
As nest is to branch;
I loved you this morning when the sun ran her light across the wild places nobody owns,
And I'll love you the same tonight under a curved moon, as constant and easy as cricket-song.

If I have beauty, it sleeps twined with devotion,
And the way you speak to me, sometimes,
I know that the old vain goddesses in their marble temples
Must grind their teeth and spit
For helpless envy
Of us.
_____

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like this - such power in a 'plain' package. :)

Sioux said...

Words that would make the worshipped one swoon...

hedgewitch said...

Beauty is as beauty does, also, I think, and it is doing it here. Your love poems are some of the most comforting and uncluttered of any I've read, Shay. '...the places nobody owns' is a line that just sings, and in a million voices.

Gina said...

A gorgeous poem that I'm so happy to have read. Love the phrase "when the sun ran her light across the wild places nobody owns,"

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Nothing plain at all about the heart and mind that can write - and feel - about love the way you do, Shay. Anyone would be privileged and honored to be loved by you. You write love poems like nobody else. This one is absolutely lovely. And would indeed make goddesses gnash their teeth in envy. I know it makes POETS gnash our teeth, and even rend a garment or two.

Mama Zen said...

I love this. I swear I can hear the crickets.

myheartslovesongs.com said...

{{{sigh}}} i adore your love poems!

flipside records said...

"when the sun ran her light across the wild places nobody owns" ... I'm swooning, and I'm not even the beloved!

Susie Clevenger said...

You are beautiful to write such exquisite poetry.

Mary said...

Beautiful love poem...Shay. Your poet's voice sings clear and true!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

really beautiful.....if I have beauty, it sleeps twined with devotion....lovely lines...

insanebloom said...

Really lovely lines...my fav was the opening...

Marian said...

so easy. lovely!

Daryl said...

nothing 'plain' about this ..

nene said...

Yes, I agree with Sherry's comment.

In this your truly define the pureness of love especially for those that may not have eyes to see, ears to hear, smells obstructed.

This type of love ascends beyond the sensorial world of the mundane.

Gracias for this beautiful share

Lynn said...

I agree - nothing plain about this.

PattiKen said...

This is great. It's exactly what love is. Those gods and goddesses can eat their hearts out.

awakenedwords said...

ah, the beauty of the words mimic the beauty of the writer

Kerry O'Connor said...

The singular beauty of devotion, who could fail to be smitten by such words - no doubt the out-dated goddesses cringe with envy.

Poet Laundry said...

Devotion is gorgeous! I agree, the vanity of skin cannot compare...nice write.

Susan said...

"If I have beauty, it sleeps twined with devotion . . ." I know! SO wouldn't be wonderful to feel that every minute? And you do:
"I know that the old vain goddesses in their marble temples
Must grind their teeth and spit
For helpless envy
Of us."
____
What a way to say "we have something special" and mean it!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Gorgeous, sumptuous, expansive - all words I associate with breathtaking beauty, like the sea and the sky. Wonderful!

wkkortas said...

There are so many ways that a writer can go wrong with this notion--a piece that wallows in self-pity or spite, something that wails and rends its garments, as it were. This piece finds a balance between hard-won, homespun wisdom and the transcendent nature of a love that goes beyond the mirror and the smile. Does it soar? Hell, yes--but it keeps a judicious watch out for treetops and radio antennas.

Lydia said...

Brilliant love poem, Shay. It brought tears to my eyes.

manicddaily said...

A lot of fun in this as well as beauty. k.

Ella said...

Wonderful, I love what you have done with this emotion! The imagery guided us into so many enchanted corners~ :D