Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Juxtapose

Juxtapose is one of my very favorite words. It's how I reconcile all of the events in my life - the good and the bad threads, offset against each other create this lush tapestry. One of the greatest examples of that in my life is the juxtaposition of losing my mate, John five years ago and discovering this amazing life with Steve three years ago. Without one, there wouldn't be the other. The beauty is bittersweet, but the beauty is profound.

The Juxtaposition of a Mending Heart Against a Sadder Time

if anyone were to ask
was there a time
when the black umbrellas
and the reign ended;
the crows again flew stark
against the Summer sun;
the scent of roses threw
their stain along the tendrils
of the wind;
and the quiet of a day
no longer stretched itself,
yawning like a wound -
if anyone were to ask
when was the moment
that gave beat to the measure;
what drove
the cloud from the lining;
which dog ate the marrow,
warm and quivering, from
the heart of the bone;
how gracefully the slumbering giant
rolled away from the dew
of morning -
if anyone were to ask
what changed it all
my response would be
it happened as he
listened to the unspoken;
honored an unshed tear;
gave loft to the gauze
of an airless dream;
held an empty hand until
it grasped everything -
if anyone were to ask
I’d have to say
these things became
as effortlessly
and unremarked
as the wink of an eye
that is
the color of the Aegean Sea


  1. Barb, oh Barb...

    I have no further words at present. Perhaps the tears in my eyes are eloquence enough?

    1. Peaches and razor blades, my friend... peaches and razor blades.

    2. Jacob echoes my thoughts and feeling

  2. Well done for the Letter J...thoughtful and heartfelt!

  3. one of the best you have ever written! it is a gift. thank you

  4. without one there wouldn't be the other... so true.

  5. Barb...your poetry....leaves me without words. Thank you for this poem. -Pamela.


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