it was a strange awakening
glass sharp.

we rode tandem through the blur of an old film
she breathed promises on the back of my neck

the air tingled with sepia summerness
drifting bon-fire smoke
cut grass.
hushed kisses
virgin brushed lips

she was August in December
heat through ice
drawing me into her like liquid

I ached to lie there
closer than I could be
stay there
be long there

hippy jewel in a thorny-crown town

I was the Walker-on-Water,
first Man-on-Mars doing anything
if I’d wanted to be doing anything else but
touching her skin.

rippling black-water hair
she danced on the core of my consciousness
gathering me
flying me hard and fast

sky skimming our skin
to a moon so big
you couldn’t blank it out
with your hand.

there were no choices
just her
and my need, greed,
lips and loins


I lay
a crumpled flower-child
burnt out
ripped up
stripped down
shielding my face from her indifference
watching her silhouette into the sun

seeing her with me
over and over

About ShirleyB

I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.
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24 Responses to Elysia

  1. I really love this… some of the words are so descriptive so I saw them immediately… Like sepia summerness and being August in December… somehow I think we told a similar story of the wither of a flower-child… yours was probably closer to reality than being trapped in a murderous clan.

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    • ShirleyB says:

      Thank you, Bjorn. I cheated a bit as I wrote this quite a while back, but, like you I thought we had both hit the hippy groove, and your poem was a bit more original than ‘first love angst!’


  2. Misky says:

    I love this: “so big you couldn’t blank it out with your hand.” — gosh, I’ve done just that so many times!

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  3. Em says:

    Sheesh. This is sublime poetry writing.

    I think this could also be read as if the speaker is desperate to be close to his/her unavailable mother.

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  4. kelly says:

    Oh my, this is wonderfully intense and gripping, I love your language and imagery, as well as the cadence. Fabulous.

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  5. Reblogged this on nievesdeenero and commented:

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  6. whimsygizmo says:

    This opener is fantastic:
    “it was a strange awakening
    glass sharp.”

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  7. Your command of words and imagery is so impressive. This poem showcases that.


  8. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Victoria.


  9. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    she was August in December
    heat through ice
    drawing me into her like liquid

    I am feeling absolutely breathless…..!!

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  10. You create powerfully beautiful images Shirley, so well done.

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  11. lillian says:

    ….she was August in December….rippling black water hair……sky skimming our skin….
    beautiful beautiful words. Leaves one breathless…Beautiful imagery. Beautifully penned.

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  12. Bekkie says:

    Wow! The lines “she was August in December
    heat through ice
    drawing me into her like liquid” red hot. I came, and enjoyed.

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  13. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Bekki


  14. First Love’s hand embrace..
    felt becomes one..
    particularly when
    both are equally
    enthralled with
    touch of Love
    unique.. and
    living soUl new
    as two.. hmm.. i’m so
    glad the first is two on
    a one way street.. i can’t
    imagine how i would have felt
    if the lost love had come much
    earlier than the 10 months of
    early Love.. oh so long iN
    magic spRing of young
    Love first.. anyway..
    the magic
    iS real
    and never
    the same..
    yet.. so much
    more to experience
    than that alone with
    others too.. chocolate
    Love.. selections never ending..
    older now
    and newer now
    same as fresh..
    Garden’s Love
    water in
    SpRinG of NoW..:)

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  15. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Katie


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