Lamentation

The full moon is just a phase.

Still, is there anything more beautiful
than the moon glimpsed through streaming clouds
like a shiny metal fishing lure on a river bottom,
out of reach, reflecting bright sunlight,

Or lonelier, when it’s just the crunch of boots
on old snow that has thawed and refrozen,
and you and the dogs, and nobody’s talking?

This is my lamentation
for your lamentation
for words which long
for words which long.

We dwell in darkness like those long dead.

In dreams, I lie still under heavy swirls of riverweight.
I feel cool, metallic, slippery, and the roar of the current
is nearly enough to drown the silence of absent words.

 

He has made me dwell in darkness
    like those long dead – Lamentations 3:6

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About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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16 Responses to Lamentation

  1. simonhlilly says:

    Now that is really, really so good! Taste, vision, movement, silence and cold. A bouquet of memory.

  2. brian miller says:

    wow…great last line…the roar of the river to drown out the absent words…nice…and def an evocative piece as well…lots ot feeling…that repetition works as well…i like…

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    Fascinating — no obvious conclusion but it always seemed to be going there.
    I imagined that metallic, slippery and cool lure slidding down the throat of those drawn to the apparent beauty starts the journey into being long dead.

  4. Beth Winter says:

    The repetition is very effective. Love the river weight and boot crunching. Beautiful

  5. Poet Laundry says:

    Beautiful…I just love it.

  6. I read this as being more about aloneness than loneliness…a fine distinction. Really like the image of the shiny metallic fishing lure reflecting light. Nice.

  7. Wow! An immediate favorite. I’ve fallen in love with the first line; simple but revealing. Thank you!

  8. Mournful, vivid, beautiful =)

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