She sits on her bed with her heart on her lap
Weaving a belt about her soft fingers,
Wrapping it around her palm, winding,
Unwinding and rewinding.
Prowling her mind.
She sits on her bed and readies to strike
With the patience and speed of a tigress.
She moves with a heartbeat as leather flies
And stops for a moment to divide the sky
With a sickle's arc.
She sits on her bed as that long second drops,
A ribbon of leather kissing her flesh.
Blue lipstick mark that won't be washed off
Rises with a smile on to her leg,
Cursing the air.
She sits on her bed and looks down at her thigh,
Leather lover heaving in her gentle hand.
Skin stands to attention in this embrace,
Jostling and vying for the bite
Of a lifeless snake.
She sits on her bed and watches her heart
Quiver into the cautious beginning of life
And stills the nervous, oscillating belt.
Nodding in benediction, loose thoughts
Fall from her hair.
| An unemotional poem about a girl harming herself in the hope of feeling emotion is such an odd, but intriguing concept, and you present very well.|
The first stanza is a really strong start, sets the scene and plays with the language in an interesting way, I can't see any fault in it.
The second stanza starts well, the first two lines are good but the next three don't seem to flow too well, the way the commas breaks up the rhythm and gives it a disjointed feel that the first stanza didn't have.
The third stanza has that great image of the blue lipstick mark. It feels like it needs a full stop somewhere though.
The final two stanzas are as good as the first and the final image of loose thoughts falling from her hair is beautifully abstract.
So yes, I liked the poem and I hope the comment is helpful and not too much of a vaguely complimentary gurgle.
Thanks for sharing.
|| Posted on 2005-09-30 00:00:00 | by Icarus | [ Reply to This ] || Wierd and un-understandable. Interesting, didn't bore me because it was short, but ultamitely, I'd scrap and rewrite. If you want to do imagery try prose, it may work better for this sort of thing.||| Posted on 2005-09-29 00:00:00 | by wordslinger | [ Reply to This ] |