silence the storm

the angry sky crackles in cascading light
slivers of silvery fury score the heavens
screaming back and forth at one another
like restless women grasping at baubles
and brooches in a sweaty İstanbul bazaar

obtuse the city that slumbers beneath,
dreaming engorged of gorgeous flesh and
errant adventures dully imagined atop
perilous heights impossibly attained in
the blink of a blind man’s roving eye

while I, courting ingenuous young lovers,
sip tepid tea from a faded cup and sup
at languorous feasts of uninspired tedium
while imparting my delightful gibberish
in the guise of noble guileless precision

in the face of which even I, vainglorious,
must acknowledge that there is more grace
in a single cacophonous crash of thunder
than this pathetic fool could ever muster
with all the pompous words at my disposal

10 thoughts on “silence the storm

  1. Oh George! I have to admit I’m giggling. I can relate to so much of this personally. But again you are too hard on yourself. Your poetry brings fellow fools (aren’t we all fools here? fools for love and hopefully loving it? any of us who are foolishly least foolish? haha) much joy and beauty. Your poem has greatly cheered me. thanks buddy. :))

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    • I love that response, Lia. I know, as you suggested in another response today, and as my wife has often complained, that I can be a bit too determinedly down on myself. And I am sure that while writing such things, I am committed to seeing me in a dark place. Which is why I love your response, because what I really need sometimes is for someone to see the humor in it all. I love to laugh. Even at my age, I still hear people comment on how silly and endearing my laughter is. I need to laugh more. And to be able to laugh at myself. I think that’s it, isn’t it? I take myself far too seriously sometimes. Anyway, thank you, Lia. You’re a dear. “Aren’t we all fools here? Fools for love and hopefully loving it?” Excellent!

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      • I could echo so much of this… I need to laugh more too, and take myself less seriously as well. I really worry about inadvertently hurting others with my “art” and that’s a big blocker for me sometimes (lately in particularly – seems I can create but not hit publish, and maybe that’s okay). Thanks for this lovely reply. Hope you have had a lovely day. :))

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      • I know what you mean. I come to this venue wanting to share, to be read, hopefully to be appreciated. But it is a public venue. And I cannot help but hold myself back sometimes from what I might really have wanted to say for fear of hurting others. It’s a compromise, I guess, between sincerity of heart and concern for those we love and respect. Once again, my friend, you’ve got me thinking. Cheers. 🙂

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