Rudiments…

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Her tears fill this place,
steamships run over 
glossy hair,
and she is bound by virtue;
she is tossed serenity beneath 
the weight,
and all of this has been removed
from her belly
while she floats in placid
water,
beneath the terror, 
in the calm,
illuminated by tears of light;
this figment,
this imagination,
this transformation
weighted by the ships
sailing over memory;
there is peace here,
there is crucifixion 
underneath the chrysanthemum 
prism;
and we are left to watch,
she is left to feel.

When we are without burden
we feel heavy 
as we sink in water,
and when we are 
weighted
we feel lighter in water;
and this is the instillation 
of joy’s rudiments—
we rise when they fall,
we sink when they rise,
and shed tears
when others cannot cry.

Today I circled with a woman
like two rhinoceros’s 
eyed up in prolific romance,

and 

today I felt as a lime 
lowered in floating
amber beer,

and her sunspot magnanimity 
shed across 
my tired, snakeskin body,

bidding me to the bottom—
to water’s bottom 
where I might be in peace
despite affliction;
I watch her rest,
though the world 
tramp about
and stamp her
like ships over our water;
I kiss her, 
though ships steam
and men toil 
to stoak engines with coal;
today I relent,
and her eyes shine with blues
deep enough
to shame the ocean,
and her eyes give pause 
to the sailors,
and she walked into
the kitchen today,
withdrew a spoon,
and dipped it 
into the sky’s cobbler, 
and tasted it,
and her sunspots
asked the tears of light
for this dance;
and today she drifted patiently 
away from her pain,
while it raged
and beckoned 
her back,
and she was shorn from it;
today 
there was a lotus flower 
over my lips, 
and it blossomed 
when I was ready to speak,
with words of lives lived,
which I could not remember,
and I saw her,
and she saw me,
and she gleamed with 
content….

even below the surface.

by: Roman Newell

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by: Darlene Carroll

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