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

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Jue Ju Times Two

© Teresa Perin

the oak leaf took flight
twirling in the autumn air
to rest upon brown grass
the death of a season

©Susie Clevenger 2012

Image ~ stockvault

Honest Heat

Were I a virgin shell
I would gladly give you
the pearl secreted within me,
but I am a woman.

Passion will not frighten me.
I need no gentle wooing
or words you don’t mean,
just honest heat igniting mine.

I don’t care about promises
or whether we meet again.
Tonight I want to burn
from flames we can’t contain.

©Susie Clevenger 2012

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Kerry O'Connor said...

There is quite a contrast between these two pieces, Susie, which shows your versatility as a writer. You have set a wistful tone in your Autumn piece, and then wowed us with your passionate feminine voice in the longer poem. I love that she is unapologetic and knows what she wants.

Heaven said...

Lovely two pieces ~

I like the clear image of autumn in the first one, and the whew heat and passion in the second verse ~

Mary said...

I enjoyed both poems, Susie. The first expresses the sadness of the end of autumn.

And the second is rich with, shall we say, the heat of the moment!

aprille said...

So impressed you managed to stay to the five words per line.
Also the stanza being a proper syntax sentence. Well written and good to read.

Marian said...

what a concept, "honest heat." that is exactly right. very, very nice pieces.

hedgewitch said...

Great contrast between these two, and it makes both of them stronger pairing them, I think. There is a lot of truth-telling in the second that really resonates for me, and you use the form well throughout--the word count being limited seems to make the images more vivid. Great work, Susie.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Strong pieces, Susie, from a strong woman. Awesome offerings this Sunday morning - a rich feast! I love the leaf photo, by the way.

Hannah Pratt said...

Very nice. Awake for a dream.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

Such a contrast between the two--your second piece is on fire--just fabulous!

Kay L. Davies said...

Well done, Susie, well said. I love the sad beauty of the first poem and the outright honesty of the second.

Teresa said...

Such different poems, but I love them both!

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

The oak leaf is such a great symbol. The last line says it all.

Hannah said...

A bit of a somber tone...image captured will in your brevity and your second...yes, love the heat in this one...you created a strong feminine character in this one...great work on these!!!

Helen said...

I also loved the contrast in your poems ... the second is spellbinding!

Tania A said...

Absolutely intoxicating, especially the second piece.

Margaret said...

Wow! Each poem's words are as strong as the photo images.

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