Saturday, 7 September 2013

don't you remember


nights we stole away like art thieves 
          from the crowds

mid-afternoons we melted like dark 
          sticky chocolates in our hands   

long walks on beaches dotted 
          coconut trees & wooden huts 

boat rides, early morning talks,
          mirrored walls, spicy dishes

you never gave me flowers 
          but one ivory shell, palmed-smooth 

as you traced words on my skin
          imprinted passion, mapled & lush

we mixed colors, painting canvases 
          until we ran out of breath, reasons & time  

swiftly passes by,  leaf by leaf 
         clocking blur as heavy fog hides my tears

autumn air descends once more  
         & you're not here   

slowly, the sea is swallowing me-
         mories dyed in sunset & sands

where do we keep them? i asked -
         in clouds, visible only to us, you said-  
         
i drink red wine after dinner to
         forget the embers in your eyes

& sky so blue, that shade of blue 
         ink, fire & dust 

         & i remember  




Posted for D'verse Poet Pub - Hosted by K ~ I will be by to return your visits ~  
Picture credit:  Tumblr

47 comments:

  1. art thieves ... stealing beauty....

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  2. smiles...really nice intimacy in this, i like the creative texture you give it, the painting...the melting chocolates, stealing moments...it ends on a sad note, trying to erase those memories...equating it to ink, fire and dust, like they are the elements...cool...

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  3. "ink, fire & dust' love the language and the image it conjures up for me. glad for the weekend, the time to read and comment.

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  4. What a beautiful poem, Grace! Love the ivory shell, palmed smooth. I like to think about memories stored in the clouds…despite the heaviness of losses....private messages to be found there for those who look & remember.

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  5. This is beautiful! Just love the imagery. A lot of great lines here:
    "you never gave me flowers / but one ivory shell, palmed-smooth" and "as you traced words on my skin/imprinted passion, mapled & lush" are my favourite.

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  6. silently, one by one, days pass by
    etched in memories for forever :)

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  7. slowly, the sea is swallowing me-
    mories dyed in sunset & sands

    I had to do a double take here w/ mories, but figured it out and love it. Great poem, Grace.

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  8. Very poignant Grace. Well written and clear tone all throughout. Enjoyed reading it.>KB

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  9. Hey Grace - this heats up as it goes along, even as the love bits fade - very poignant close. Thanks. k.

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  10. So sensuous a road leading to heartbreak and memory. Lovely.

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  11. Ah yes, the romantic rambling is the stuff of poetics, the stuff of heart memory, what wounds us & nurtures, forces reparation & motion, replacing one with another, finding love in the places unseen before, in the people in plain sight, invisible while in lust; like the line /where do we keep them? i asked/in clouds visible only to us, you said/ thanks; loved it.

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  12. I love '..ink, fire & dust ..' Hard to forget.

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  13. Gorgeous and evocative, a beautifully sad love story.

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  14. It is a romantic picture of love's stolen moments. I hope they linger for you always.

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  15. "until we ran out of breath, reasons & time"

    Beautiful.

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  16. Incredible Heaven, this is just perfection, this poem has hit me hard in a big way, massively, just perfect.

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  17. beautiful. I like the split of me- /mories, took me a second, but it was nicely placed. I also liked "in clouds, visible only to us." there are so many striking memories in here—truly lovely.

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  18. Wow intimate and then some, hard to forget even when heartbreak hits

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  19. This is beautiful. I especially like the last 9 lines. What a gorgeous image, as well.

    ~butterfly garden

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  20. Lovely, sumptuous so many incredible lines and emotions you have wrapped into this - I especially like,

    where do we keep them? i asked -
    in clouds, visible only to us, you said-

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  21. I am also remembering from the blue of sky/eyes. How beautifully written, with this amazing transition:
    "we mixed colors, painting canvases
    until we ran out of breath, reasons & time

    swiftly passes by, leaf by leaf
    clocking blur as heavy fog hides my tears"

    Unique and powerful, "clocking blur"! Right now this is my favorite poem.

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  22. oh wow...so good. So very very good.

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  23. This is sad, beautiful, romantic. I really enjoyed this Grace your words always transport me somewhere I've never been,

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  24. "I drink red wine after dinner to forget the embers in your eyes". Me, too, kiddo. This is so beautiful.

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  25. what a beautiful poem, tribute - made me remember (as if i ever forget) loved ones i've lost too

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  26. The words gently tingles the tongue. Beautiful, serene and full of love.
    'Embers in your eyes'- great! And a great image to go with the piece.

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  27. The beginning is so ripe with happiness - it skips along and makes me believe in love. And then... "until we ran out of breath, reasons & time" and the rest is bereft, not bitter. Makes me think of "Love Story".

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  28. so beautiful and i like the way you have arranged your poem

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  29. i drink red wine after dinner to
    forget the embers in your eyes... loved this... there's a wonderful aching melancholy to this..

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  30. Remembering yet wishing to forget the pain of loving.....deep like the color of the wine in the glass;)

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  31. So many great words of romance and then the loss at the end... it's hard to forget. The first part took me away to my own fantasy of beaches and love... great work

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  32. Wow this is so vivid intense the imagery an emotion you hooked me an I felt every line

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  33. That kind of love that's so hot and intense seems to burn out fast and not last ... vividly written with such emotion, Grace :)

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  34. ...and though I think we need to remember those unforgettable moments with all melancholic hues...love how you divided word me-mories....thank you, Grace

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  35. The detailing infuse so much beauty here. Congo! for being in the top ten of the dverse two years contest. Honour to be in the company of your beautiful verses!

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  36. Beautiful. That shade of blue will be etched on your mind forever along with the coconut palms and wooden huts on the beach.

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  37. So romantic. Even though the end was blue. Love this line: i drink red wine after dinner to forget the embers in your eyes

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  38. So romantic and sad in the end. Very relatable.

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  39. Loved this, so intimate with a lingering sadness.

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  40. Great write, I know this has touch each reader...

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  41. ... and that one shell was certainly a keeper

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  42. memories dyed in sunset and sand - I love that line and how you use the word play in it.

    As always, thank you and have a beautiful week!!

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  43. love the way you beautifully weave words to evoke
    memories, passions, sensations and emotions into play.

    your words leave me with no words of my own.
    wala akong masabeh, ;-)

    beautiful, beautiful poem, heaven.

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  44. a beautiful peoce of tapestry from the lovely images of romantic love, the the 'embers in your eyes' of loss. endearing, warm, and poignant..nice work

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  45. beautiful work. love this line --> "slowly, the sea is swallowing me-"

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