"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I Imagined You a Book

Dear Margaret,
you are lace
and words.

Your delicate tatting
graces your sleeves
while your poetry
stirs my heart.

I imagine you a book
with turned down pages,
a soul breathing through
an alphabet into my spirit.

The last time I saw you
I held your face to memorize
its perfection with my fingertips.

Margaret, I pray you will soon return.
Your verses bleed across my skin
leaving my flesh a written tablet.

Today is not soon enough
and tomorrow is an eternity.
I will stand guard at my mailbox
waiting for your post to tell me
you will return once again.

With love,

©Susie Clevenger 2012

At today's Poet's United's Thursday Think Tank the prompt was timeworn featuring the beautiful  vintage art of  Vicki Sheehan. Because of its antiquity it had me thinking of another era and my poem was written with that voice in mind. Please stop by and read Ella's interview with Vicki and visit her blog page to see more of her lovely work.


Mary said...

Susie, you took that envelope and breathed life into it. Beautiful!

Ella said...

Gorgeous! I love the enchanted story and the magic you portrayed~
Wow, you really did breath life into this art form~ Both are a work of art :D

Old Ollie said...

solid piece - yes full of life. Love your blod title - I laugh every time!

Grace said...

I love what you did here...breathing life to the book, delicate with lace and words ~ I enjoyed the love struck note by Oron ~

rch said...

Very imaginative and that second to last verse is outstanding.

Kim Nelson said...

A love poem of a different sort. A fairy tale story, compacted.

Daydreamertoo said...

The third stanza is just so, so perfect, it's stunning. I could almost smell the perfume on the page. The language you've used is so typical of those times, delicate, well mannered, thoughtful.
This is an enchanting write Susie!

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

How delightful, with a hark back to days of romance and the answers in a letter.


echoesofthehills said...

This is of a different level, hats off Susie. Loved the direction you took it.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I LOVE the title and I LOVE the love story told here. Absolutely beautiful.

Laura Maria said...

You certainly did achieve a voice from another era. I love the sweetness in this and the possibility you gave a scrap of paper. Awesome poem Susie!

aprille said...

This prompt truly inspired you and you gave it back to us.

Rashmi said...

yes as if you breathed life into......

Vicki Sheehan said...

Susan, this is wonderful! i've read it three times already. so beautiful!

SaraV said...

Wow, fantastic poem. I was holding my breath--you really captured the romantic sentiment of that artwork, and then some! Wonderful.

uneven steven said...

I like your premise and the execution of it.

Geraldine said...

Oh how lovely, in every way.

amidemanila said...

It is soo romantic. I remember having to wait for letters...

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