The sky was inlaid azulejo
tile, cool and gleaming.

Our love was a memory
from an undiscovered world,

filaments of dreams
woven beneath the snow.

The perfect still surface
of twilight was rippled

by the ululated cries
of the crane pair calling

to each other in the glow
of the solitary moon.

There was but one patch
of bare ground, a tangle

of frozen angel hair
crunching underfoot, crushed  

by the weight of the wait.
I imagined your touch in the air

just beyond the limit of my skin,
a wind too weary, unstirred.


About Ray Sharp

Father, poet, triathlete, local public health planner
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26 Responses to Azulejo

  1. Whimsy Mimsy says:

    Wow, Bard. This one is truly great.

  2. clawfish says:

    wonderful the way it seeps into the mind

  3. claudia says:

    oh some of the images made me shiver a bit…love a memory
    from an undiscovered world… well painted longing…

  4. I love this friend. The language just flows like you painted on a canvas

  5. brian miller says:

    fascinating ray…love the contrasts in that last bit…from the bare ground to the angel hair crunch…to the touch hovering just above…really cool piece…

  6. Love the details and build up of emotions ~ the last two verses really nailed it for me ~

  7. Love the imagery here.

  8. This is vivid and vibrant. I long to reach out and touch that Azulejo. Fabuloso!

  9. This is such an eloquent, delightful poem to read.

  10. I love the last four verses, very captivating.

  11. janehewey says:

    the weight of the wait. this is tender and hopeful. I really enjoy the movement in your final couplet.

  12. Rhonda L. Brockmeyer says:

    The title alone made me want to read on…beautiful.

  13. Talon says:

    This made me think of frosty evenings when there is the scent of wood smoke in the air and your breath fogs the air when you breathe. The atmosphere and imagery were gorgeous.

  14. ayala says:

    Love the images here, beautifully penned.

  15. Your words make the experience exotic, extraordinary, somewhat mysterious. Lovely!

  16. Ray Sharp says:

    Reblogged this on The Bard of Liminga and commented:

    A reblogging mood. For a friend…

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