Soundings, by Jen Rouse

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Soundings, by Jen Rouse

Post by BC Williams on Fri 07 Nov 2008, 4:26 pm

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SOUNDINGS


One root of the silken aspen reaches across
the bank, a natural terrace. The sound

of the ground quaking forward tongues
its way through sizzling leaves, and the water

turns its truculent waves against carved boulders,
old concrete pilings, the root. Of all evil,

nature brings the deftest in months like these,
with a fall that teases and takes a hand,

leads a merry chase through brilliant motes of gold,
the eye cannot hold for long. Under the tree,

we take one long breath together and watch
the words collect in shifting swirls at our feet. Dying.

I am sure there is no other way to leave you
but with this fallen part of me. And yet

my sound is sincerely soft—like the delicate hiss
of leaf meeting lake. O so much better this way,

this separating of trunks, this grafting of heart
to a season without—You—at this end, are almost new.

Collapsed on the picnic table, my face to the sun,
I listen to the cooling heat, the whimpering wash of self

surfing through the rocks—I don’t want this sound
to be possible—everything crushed beneath me,

every gold decayed to rust. In the distance, your footfalls
echoing like the gentle clips of a doe through brush. And, then,

a hunter’s rifle splitting the violent air at the nearby range.


Jen Rouse

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Re: Soundings, by Jen Rouse

Post by Guest on Fri 07 Nov 2008, 4:33 pm

my sound is sincerely soft—like the delicate hiss
of leaf meeting lake. O so much better this way
,My favorite part great poem Bev

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Re: Soundings, by Jen Rouse

Post by Jen Rous on Sat 13 Dec 2008, 9:11 am

Thanks much! I'm glad you enjoyed this piece. Tell me about your group. :)

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Re: Soundings, by Jen Rouse

Post by BC Williams on Sat 13 Dec 2008, 11:57 am

Morning!

My, did I misspell your last name or did you? Yes, this is a beautiful poem for sure.

Thanks for stopping by . . . bev

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Re: Soundings, by Jen Rouse

Post by Jen Rous on Sat 13 Dec 2008, 4:55 pm

For some reason, I didn't notice that the "e" was missing before I posted. Ha! Happy poetry-ing!

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