Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tesselates (verb)

“fists have many forms” ~Margaret Atwood

She has become the hollow room
of this house with its black throat

Her hands are holding
a porcelain cup

I’ll use this truth later, but here,
this stealing is done with
fingers, even ones holding
keys of doors

still
this is a borrowing, I will
borrow your hands, I will
place them
on
my chest, I will
be the wanky fucker
who discerns

my own enjambment, I will
strip the face off
this poem

until
it bleeds gently
into this

patient tongue
of sea lapping smooth the rocks,
gulping down
the swimmers who can’t

13 comments:

Miss Jane said...

the swimmers who can't

love the ambiguous and ominous ending

it bleeds gently

tania lamond said...

I love the opening image. this poem, as do so many of yours, speaks to me.

Jhon Baker said...

Simply wonderful, "I'll be the wanky fucker who discerns" great - every line of this poem is genius.

angel of lust said...

Wow - this is one of the most creative and touching pieces I have read on this blog!

Jeremy said...

A.Joy, this is soooo good. See you Thursday

Graham Nunn said...

Always a pleasure to read your new work Amanda... that closing line kicked hard!

Dhyan said...

Everyone said almost everything.

I will just let you know I really like this one.

Mike Meraz said...

nice, Amanda.

Arian Tejano said...

I'm happy the goddess is back. this is illuminating.

Mairi said...

A phrase from a popular song my daughter listens to came to mind reading this - "a kiss with a fist." Not a pulled punch, not a knockout blow, just enough of a touch of the dark to let you know it's there and has made an impact. I particularly liked the enjambment lines.

Colleen DuBois said...

Amanda, I'm pleased to have stumbled upon your blog and look forward to reading more of your work!

Colleen Dubois said...

Hi Amanda, I'm pleased to have stumbled upon your blog and look forward to reading more of your work !

Noxalio said...

Amanda,

this one is a playful waterfall ... yet assertive.

i was struck by 'I’ll use this truth later, but here, / this stealing is done with / fingers' ...

(verb) in the title made me smile.

noxy