Thursday, February 14, 2013

Last Night

I had put away the cat's teeth,
and the blood of what I had to be, and do,

because, darling, I am after all
just caught up, mid-step,
as you are,
in the way of things, and in the set of the stars in their indifferent sky.

Still, there is only one Moon,
and only one for whom I wait softly like this,
unguarded,
all girl and garland, asleep in the ribbon grass.

Soon, the cat will come back,
and with her, the harsh edge of all I must do--

but last night, why was the air so chill,
the Moon so dark?
and where, sweetheart, where
were you?
________

14 comments:

jasmine said...

These are some of the most beautiful lines of poetry I've ever read:
"there is ... only one for whom I wait softly like this,
unguarded,
all girl and garland, asleep in the ribbon grass"

Gorgeous! You gave me chills. :)

And OH, that opening!
"I had put away the cat's teeth,
and the blood of what I had to be, and do"

You are so good. Consistently good. That's really something. To deliver like this every single time.

I love this part too:
"Soon, the cat will come back,
and with her, the harsh edge of all I must do"

The best compliment I can give is that I read it four or five times.

hedgewitch said...

The eternal question, where are you, where were you, and why are you not here? asked with such soft wistfulness and hard strength that no self-pity intrudes. The speaker knows things are as they are, yet dreams them very differently. I hope the cat returns to purr instead of bite.

TexWisGirl said...

i hear purring...

Cloudia said...

'Blood of what I had to do...be"
Am Your biggest fan!
Aloha

Cloudia said...

Be' and do obviously! Wow!

G-Man said...

You always seem to be waiting for a Lover.
Find one that can read, and wants to be romanced!
Someone that deserves to be loved by YOU.
(I hope that you didn't fall asleep in the ribbon grass...)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Me, too - one of the most beautiful poems ever! Haunting, kiddo.

Sara said...

Somebody's in trouble...

Someone forgot someone...

Someone shouldn't have missed their date with this "girl and garland, asleep in the ribbon grass."

Mama Zen said...

This has the most delicate lilt and sway. I love the line breaks. Just beautiful.

Poet Laundry said...

There is a longing in this, rich and deep, delicate and yet ravenous. Beautiful write.

Vesper said...

Shay, this sings in my heart...
xoxoxo

Mary said...

Just beautiful! I love, love, love the third stanza!

HermanTurnip said...

"just caught up, mid-step"

That is awesome. Catching somebody between personas like that. You can put away the teeth, but always keep the claws handy. At least that's my rule ;-)

Linda said...

Really beautiful...reminds me of something someone said to me a very long time ago, we can be anywhere in the world but still see the same moon.