Sunday, February 2, 2014

under February stars

the night is a silkworm
feasting on mulberry leaves
& starry constellations

the weaving is slow yet
deliberate, my hands are a 
cocoon

i have no name yet
but i hear my blood
strongly stirring

my eyes are glass
reflecting the starlight
faint above snow wrapped city

soon, i will wear
gown of iridescent beauty: deep purple
threaded of courage & tenacity

the air sharpens as
a vision comes to me:
woman standing alone

her body leans to the sky 
serene as moon 
the galaxy awaits for her
exhalation

& i will fulfill it like
prophecy of the one who
birthed me:   shaper of dreams

"I started my life with a single absolute:  that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle."
- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
- Anais Ain





Posted for Imaginary Garden for Real Toads - Sunday's challenge theme - Individualism
and Poets United - Thanks for the visit ~

37 comments:

  1. nice...burst forth that cocoon...the opening lines are really cool grace...and i like the turn or allusion to the woman and fulfilling the prophecy, it gives this weight.....

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  2. The night is a silkworm, I am a silkworm, I am emerging to celebrate the night--thus is a poet born. Very very cool!

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  3. You have written some lovely images, Grace:

    "gown of iridescent beauty: deep purple
    threaded of courage & tenacity"

    Your words just flow!

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  4. "the weaving is slow yet / deliberate" - Just as it should be, I think. Great use of imagery in your poem.

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  5. What a blissful way to describe a night.. a silkworm, the cocoon.. the images create an emotion of insomnia I have never seen before.

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  6. to be one with nature.................

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  7. Beautiful. The image of the woman and fulfilling the prophecy... great. I loved the imagery throughout, particularly in the beginning of the night as silkworm feeding on mulberry leafed constellations... making a cocoon of you. I really liked it.
    -HA

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  8. So many beautiful lines and images in this write. Especially love soon, i will wear
    gown of iridescent beauty: deep purplethreaded of courage & tenacity.

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  9. i read the novel 'Atlas Shrugged' oh but so long ago; have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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  10. Went through some beautiful images....aha!

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  11. I think it's cool we chose the same quote from Anais Nin. Go after those dreams.

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  12. Beautiful and imagery piled upon imagery. Enjoyed this.

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  13. Blooming forth from within, can be done under any sun

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  14. Your opening lines drew me in to such incredible beauty.......I love the gown of deep purple.

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  15. Beautiful. Grace, your words just drew me in with their strength. I like the quotes you chose too.

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  16. some great lines of beauty and strength.. there was something about it that made this time of year good and hopeful...

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  17. gorgeous images, Grace, beautifully written

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  18. "soon, i will wear
    gown of iridescent beauty: deep purple
    threaded of courage & tenacity" Such a beautiful picture of becoming ~ I love the serenity in this piece.

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  19. Your work always makes me stop in my tracks--gorgeous Grace!

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  20. Brought tears to my eyes, Grace. So beautiful.
    K

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  21. Your images/words took me all way to the stars woven by creative eyes and heart of the poet...~ feeling peace ~ Love

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  22. Beautiful renditions Grace! The words turn one emotionally on, coupled with the great images! Wonderful!

    Hank

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  23. This is cosmic beauty...you always have the best images to accompany, Grace! Wonderful work. :)

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  24. Under February stars is lovely and the month I was born..

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  25. May you wear the right gown that will represent the beauty of a woman that you are deep & beyond. A most lovely piece, Grace. Smiles.

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  26. great writing Grace, strong images and mystical feelings

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  27. Oh Grace! This is the most beautiful poem I have read in a very long time! I must write it into my dairy so that I can read it over and over again any time. It is breathtaking!

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  28. This is beautiful, vivid imagery, Grace. I love the night, and this describes my bliss! Exquisite.

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  29. "… and I will fulfill it". I adore that confidence, the knowledge of having been blessed and running with it!

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  30. Beautiful! I loved the first stanza!:)

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  31. my favorite Nin quote. love that opening line - vivid image. My boys used to grow silkworms every year, scraping and saving the eggs for the following year. ~

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  32. Wow. I like how you incorporated the galaxy into your poem.

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  33. Really enjoyed the quiet, deep strength you wove throughout ....

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  34. Both excellent quotes so well realized in your own original voice. I am a complete Ayn Rand fan, so I'm thrilled you found some words of hers which resonated with you.

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  35. I love this and I love the quote of Anais Ain- so true !

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