Saturday, December 20, 2014

Where I'll find you


Finding Lightness



I search for you 
as snow recedes as milk stains on grass

you with the glint of dragon fire in your eyes
you with the naughty smirk on your lips

Carry me to where the forest 
is greening & lake is squirming with fish

Above the bare maple trees
I see the sun's marmalade cheeks

Even as grey clouds
billow as  fraying ribbons across sky   

There will be no winter blues for me
No rainy days to swallow bitter pills

I'll write on tea leaves
while drinking warm apple cider

I'll find lightness
in belly of winter, flint the shadows

with dawn fingers, 
and strike & strike at the core

That ember that leavens
bread & shapes my sandcastles to garden

That water that rises
above dry land & breaks into a storm-

I'll carry a black umbrella
creased with words & painting tubes-

Here, I'll wait for you
with a hundred blue balloons-  



Posted for D'verse Poets Pub - For our last OpenLinkNight ~ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all ~

34 comments:

  1. oh i do love the images grace... the hundred blue balloons... the dragon fire in his eyes.... marmelade cheeks and my fav...the writing on tea leaves..

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  2. This is lovely, Grace. I think we all must try to find lightness in the belly of winter. Without doing so, we who live in the cold climates would have a hard time surviving. But sometimes I really would like to float off on blue balloons and return come spring. Smiles. Merry Christmas to you, Grace.

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  3. I'll find lightness
    in belly of winter, flint the shadows

    with dawn fingers
    Those are the lines that stood out for me, particularly in the long dark winter nights. Many, many striking images in this poem, Grace, and of course a delightful picture to accompany it.

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  4. Gorgeous writing Grace--I hope you find the magic of the season!

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  5. So much warmth in your words the images are stunning.. truly so full of color and energy.. exactly what we need these dark days when sun will soon return..

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  6. So many lovely images, Grace, It is hard to pick a favorite. I like the 'glint of dragon fire' but 'I'll write on tea leaves / while drinking warm apple cider' might be even better as it evokes writing and reminds me that I have yet to try warm apple cider.

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  7. that line about the sun's marmalade cheeks...what a great description!

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  8. very melodic read, with juxtaposed enjambment. I like it very much.

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  9. A beautiful piece. I especially love:

    "I'll find lightness
    in belly of winter, flint the shadows
    with dawn fingers"

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  10. Wow, I love the sharpness of this, Grace. Such wonderful imagery. "and strike & strike at the core" = love it.

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  11. Wonderful work, Grace. I, too, hope to find lightness in the belly of winter - a long wait for me, tho, as we are just entering summer here. Exquisite imagery, amazing photo, too.
    I wish you & yours a Merry Christmas, Grace, and thank you for being here. xVivienne, of OneVoice Poetry.

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  12. Grace,
    It's wonderful the way you paint your images in colors. Each couplet is an image unto itself. Have a great yule season!
    Steve K.

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  13. Super special work, Grace. This image just blew me away:
    I'll find lightness
    in belly of winter, flint the shadows

    with dawn fingers,
    and strike & strike at the core

    Have a great holiday and thank you for your support.

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  14. magical, Grace. Merry Christmas ~

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  15. Hey Grace--agh, blogger not letting me comment--but will try again--this is such a lovely and sweet poem--I send blue skies your way--if I can find any! Thanks! k.

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  16. Lovely Grace and Merry Christmas to you.

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  17. Beautiful imagery you have used to paint your poem—forests greening, snow receding as milk stains on grass—just lovely!

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  18. A hopeful song of love are your words today.. for the darkest day that does come tomorrow.. as light can live on in heArt...:)

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  19. Beautifully expressed, Grace :)
    May our search end & may we all find our love.
    Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas to you & your family!

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  20. Could you send me a bunch of those balloons and have them take me far away from the cold? lol

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  21. How beautiful! Happy Holidays, Grace :)

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  22. I love the spell of this altered reality.

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  23. beautiful words and image...Happy holidays and Merry Christmas..

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  24. Oh Grace - such a lighthearted poem filled with so much beauty. Makes my heart a little lighter too. May you and yours have a week filled with light and beauty!

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  25. NOTE...I am ill with a bad virus, & can barely type, so pardon me if I don’t
    comment on your poetics. All of us in the dVerse community enjoy a unique
    fellowship, & I cherish it with all my heart. Wishing you ALL a Merry Christmas
    & may 2015 bring all of us joy.

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  26. I have to love the image of 100 blue balloons carrying me off to some faraway place.

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  27. Wonderful colors in this . . . a lovely meander through beautiful words that the reader is reluctant to leave behind.

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  28. Such beautiful images.....and longing....lovely....

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  29. waiting can be painful but when it is for our love it is worth the wait!

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  30. Many layered beauty, I love esp. 'I'll find lightness
    in belly of winter,' ~ different point of view. Thanks for it. ~ Happy holidays, Grace! :)xx

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  31. i like the take charge attitude in this....not being willing to give in to the darkness....the writing on tea leaves....nice descriptions as well...like th marmalade cheeks of the sky.....

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  32. You won't have to wait long! I know you will find the lightness in teh dark, the warmth in the cold. You will carry them and spread them most happily. Bless you, Grace. Have wonderful holidays with family and friends.

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