Metered Silences

in another life, beloved,
place on my parched lips
songs from ancient Persia,
so I can quote Rumi to Hafez,
debate Khayyam with the gods,
so I can read Jami with those who
split open verses and drink deep
your wine from their gurgling veins

or maybe we can sit by the Yamuna
and learn as the Taj recites,
her shoulders gently
rocking in the wind,
the moon floating
between her marbled limbs,
love’s cold anguish in quatrains
that should have no language

but teach me now, beloved,
to strip words of meaning
and wind them on the broken trellis,
I swear I won’t add one more inchoate
line to your crumpled sky,
show me beloved, how to write
with your eyes, how to ferment
this poetry in metered silences.

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50 thoughts on “Metered Silences

  1. Stunning:

    “her shoulders gently
    rocking in the wind,
    the moon floating
    between her marbled limbs,
    love’s cold anguish in quatrains”

    “I swear I won’t add one more inchoate
    line to your crumpled sky,
    show me beloved, how to write”

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  2. I really like the gentleness of your piece of fine poetry. I am about to google the names you’ve given reference too….Rumi….. Hafez. I’m intrigued to learn more. Thank you for another very good poem..

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  3. Yes, what we don’t say is as important as what we say. I love Hafiz and Rumi. I would also love Lao Tzu on my lips and some of those Chinese tea poets.

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  4. I love the references to the great poets, the “crumpled sky”, and the plea to be taught the nuances of poetry. Though, given your talent, I think you have already learned very well! You could be teaching yourself! Smiles.

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  5. I can only echo what so many other readers have said. The last verse is perhaps something we should all wish for as we express the wonder of living in our own words.

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