Tuesday, January 31, 2012


she called it a tailbone cloud

and i immediately felt
in its soft salmon-coloured waterbones
her knowing
of this world
in the torsional flexing
of her self
as a woman
as a mother
as a lover
the entirety
in the wholeness of all her bodies


erin said...

steven, this reminds me of a beautiful poem i found just yesterday.

Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days

She gives him his eyes, she found them
Among some rubble, among some beetles

He gives her her skin
He just seemed to pull it down out of the air and lay it over her
She weeps with fearfulness and astonishment

She has found his hands for him, and fitted them freshly at the wrists
They are amazed at themselves, they go feeling all over her

He has assembled her spine, he cleaned each piece carefully
And sets them in perfect order
A superhuman puzzle but he is inspired
She leans back twisting this way and that, using it and laughing

Now she has brought his feet, she is connecting them
So that his whole body lights up

And he has fashioned her new hips
With all fittings complete and with newly wound coils, all shiningly oiled
He is polishing every part, he himself can hardly believe it

They keep taking each other to the sun, they find they can easily
To test each new thing at each new step

And now she smoothes over him the plates of his skull
So that the joints are invisible

And now he connects her throat, her breasts and the pit of her stomach
With a single wire

She gives him his teeth, tying the the roots to the centrepin of his body

He sets the little circlets on her fingertips

She stiches his body here and there with steely purple silk

He oils the delicate cogs of her mouth

She inlays with deep cut scrolls the nape of his neck

He sinks into place the inside of her thighs

So, gasping with joy, with cries of wonderment
Like two gods of mud
Sprawling in the dirt, but with infinite care
They bring each other to perfection.

Ted Hughes


Jo said...

I love this image, the poem, and the thoughts infused in it.

"the wholeness of all her bodies."


(Erin's Hughes' poem is lovely, as well.)

Friko said...

A magical photo and the words fit it like a glove.

steven said...

erin - thankyou for teds astonishing words . . . i love how people carve and reassemble the world and suddenly it makes better sense. steven

steven said...

ahhhh thankyou jo!!!!! steven

steven said...

friko - that's so kind. the image hovered for a very short while. the sun sets so quickly in the wintertime. but there aren't clouds like this very often in january . . . steven

Linda said...

We have had so much cloud cover and rain.... The last time I saw blue skies was weeks ago. Beautiful sunset photo... a tailbone cloud is a perfect description, and a soft, sincere love poem too!! So glad I visited. It's all so serene. =D

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