Posted by: boromax | December 22, 2020

Here I Am

John Malone asked me, “Do you feel a poem coming on?”

My immediate response was, “Oh! I always feel a poem tickling the atmosphere in the labyrinth of my consciousness. I just don’t stop the other stuff I’m doing long enough to breathe and write.”

And here is my further response to John’s prompt:

Photo by Christian Murdock for gazette.com

Poems populate my mindscape

like thousands of clamoring wildflowers

on a sun-bathed hillside.

Tall stalks

crowned with brightly clothed blossoms

dancing in the fragrant wind.

Gathered clusters of blooms

huddled around the strewn rocks;

flower and stone conspiring

to capture my attentions.

Scattered floral starbursts

singing out their beauty

with evident joy

and unequaled fashionability.

Yet it is especially

the tiny sparkling circlets

of pure white petals

that whisper, “Here I am” –

that draw me closer,

to gasp in wonder,

hastening my heart beat,

prompting a long, peace-laden sigh;

that lock themselves into my memory

with color, symmetry, and natural rhythm,

happy to show the world

who they are.

And so I stand

and gaze upon

the lush and lovely flowers

sown upon the windswept hillside.

I love them,

and I leave them

where they are,

nodding and dancing and waving

this way and that,

wondrously arranged,

though randomly sprung up;

a sensuous anthology

of creative, chaotic design.

Gentle, yet persistent,

in the fruitful gardens

of my inmost being.


Responses

  1. this is splendid stuff: I’m honoured that I have prompted such a beautiful and tender poem; there is such contrasts here: the noisy, showy flowers and the quiet, demure ones. I love the ‘sensuous anthology’ πŸ™‚ glad you’re back posting πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, John. Not to put too fine a point on it, but your simple query truly set something ablaze inside me.

      • I’m glad πŸ™‚

  2. Boromax,

    Beautiful stuff, brother. Merry Christmas, Gary

    On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 2:42 PM ~ Trivial Music Silliness ~ wrote:

    > boromax posted: ” John Malone asked me, “Do you feel a poem coming on?” My > immediate response was, “Oh! I always feel a poem tickling the atmosphere > in the labyrinth of my consciousness. I just don’t stop the other stuff I’m > doing long enough to breathe and write.” ” >

    • Thank you, Gary. May you and yours also have a blessed Christmas!

      • Sorry, I just got my message. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. I’m enjoying both the poem and the question that prompted it! And also your immediate response. How wonderful to be in a state where you always have a poem on the horizon!

    • Glad you enjoyed it!!

  4. […] by a comment from Jewish Young Professional, who said, responding to something I wrote in my previous post, “How wonderful to be in a state where you always have a poem on the […]

  5. Excellent writing and a very beautiful post ❀

    • Thank you, Will! πŸ™‚

  6. That was breathtaking! It transports you right to the hillside covered in a cacophony of breezy wildflowers!! πŸ’›

    • Thank you, P&B!

  7. The mind works in unknowable ways…
    Fascinating how a question can spark a deluge of verse

    ~B

    • Sparking a deluge… a single word, a sound, a scent, a memory… emotion flowing through the pen (or, you know, the keyboard).


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