1:16 AM Posted by James Owens




The Woman in the Snow

I dreamed of her breath
and her dark eyes for a year

I dreamed I wandered the labyrinths
of her fingerprints for a year

I dreamed for a year of the taste of kissing
the soft skin at the backs of her knees

I dreamed for a year that her voice her blood
her thighs were scarlet calligraphy in my veins

I dreamed of caressing her smooth breasts
and the rising tight buds of her nipples for a year

I dreamed for a year that my sleep
was tangled in the night of her hair

When I woke I found the day beating
in her throat like a hummingbird’s wings

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18 comments:

Lady Jo said...

bonjour James,

duvetteuse ton image ;-)
et très chaud ce poême !!!
très bon dimanche et à bientôt.

James Owens said...

Lady Jo: On a bien besoin de quelque chose de chaud en hiver….

Sorlil said...

Ohh, the fourth and last stanza's make me catch my breath, 'scarlet calligraphy' aside from the imagery just the words together are so beautiful as they curl in my mouth (Williams was dead wrong).

James Owens said...

Sorlil: Thank you. I think it is almost always the sound of words that appeals to me, long before I am able to think about what they mean or the structure of a poem or even a sentence. Or, not even the sound, really, but their texture and shape and weight in the mouth....

Pacey said...

You have a way with words James and that is talent. Your photograph is very beautiful too...thanks always for the visit.

Oxygène said...

Une photo aussi légère que le souffle de cette femme... De très belles belles images que l'on souhaite voir durer "more long than a year."..
Une très belle page James...
Bonne semaine à toi

James Owens said...

Pacey: Thanks for coming by, and for reading and looking. My visits in your world are always cheering....

James Owens said...

Oxygène: Aussi légère que son soufle … oui, tu as raison :-) Merci pour ton bon souhait! Durer? En effet, on peut rêver un siècle dans un après-midi….

Roxana said...

your words - scarlet calligraphy in my veins.

S. Etole said...

this is so enveloping ...

James Owens said...

Roxana: I am humbled and shy that you say so....

James Owens said...

Susan: Thank you. I am happy that you likd it.

in another lifetime said...

this is beautiful. I like your poetry.

James Owens said...

In another lifetime: Thank you for visiting and for your comment.

lissa said...

wow! very evoking many thoughts here

James Owens said...

Lissa: Thank you.

chrome3d said...

You got me dreaming. Well written, well dreamed.

James Owens said...

Chrome3d: Thank you.