Good morning Constance…and Pamela! 🙂
If you have been reading here a while you will know that I was sooo blessed by Mama to run across Lynda Bullerwell…her site is over at forget-me-not .
I am continually amazed by her poetry and the truly significant and moving poems she writes. But even more, I have been amazed and warmed and felt such connection in how it is as if we share the same muse, a flitty lil fairy of the realm Poetic who loves to sprinkle her magic pixie-poety dust upon us each, and then scrape if off and sprinkle the mix onto each other!
There have been times when we wrote nearly the exact same poem, and yet it had different clothes on, and revolved around different images, but it was still the same one…and lately for me, as I have been choked by sorrow, burdened by betrayal and assaulted by online a-holes, Lynda has been my surrogate, and has written out my own hurts and haunts and hallelujahs.
I am ever so grateful…company in this life, especially in inner spaces that had always been solitary territories, is such a gift, such a precious gift.
Lynda wrote a poem yesterday, which just pulled a comment out of me as if I had been with her in the poem’s conception and making. It tumbled out of me breathless and intoxicated and full of determination to tattoo itself to our outside skin just as Lynda’s poem had tattooed itself inside our heart.
Lynda loved it (thank you for that, Sis), and suggested that I post the comment…and I thought that a collaborational moment may even be better? She loved that too.
So here is our poem…hers, and mine. I am taking liberties with her lines and meter. Any deficiences therein are my mistakes, and any glories revealed were already there.
PS: Lynda, if it just simply cannot work for you, let me know and I will put it in its original form, which is just fine! It was the collaborative notion that appealed to me!
Our Paris, our Pretty Poetic Paris
We could visit Paris, walk in the rain
without an umbrella and sit
on the steps of Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont
when the clock strikes twelve and we are back
in that club rubbing shoulders with Hemingway;
shots of wisdom swirling in cocktail glasses
with cherries, olives or whatever you fancy;
culture parading its diversity
in paintings by Picasso
that make you take a second look
and wonder where a mind could go
to find such muse, blue and clearer than sea water,
these syllables that taunt you in your sleep,
weigh on you in vibrant colors of indigo, azure;
scents of lavender filling pretty stationary
tempting you to write, scratching you
from the inside, these words dying to escape
from pink painted lips that only
want to feel that last goodnight kiss.
TWO: Post-Midnight Aperitifs
(Paris, Pretty Paris)
…but when my limpid pen stirred
to stroke across the paperskin, to move
light mountains like what we saw, it only
squeaked with dry throat and trembled
…oh that wine, it made me laff and you
looked so CUTE with that escargot, and omg
did our sexy waiter actually brush your arm???
and hey thanks for that lil white flower,
truth is it breaks my heart
more than this Picasso guy, cus he’s no Van Gogh…
…and your laughing lullabye to me last nite
as we slept, you there, and me here,
our stockings half on half off, in
our intoxicated heady cuvée
of life and grape and sea and garden
and you silly songed me to sleep…
…but i most of all loved when
you saw him, Hemingway and pointed
him out to me and me drunk just a scosh,
I said he looked like Hawmingway
cus he hemmed and hawed so much
trying to figure out if he wanted to be brave or to be dead
…and you cackled like the gypsy woman did when we
put those silly hats on our heads backwards and sideways
while we lingered at her table there in the street
and she spelled the money out of our purses
…most of all I loved that…
cus you made me feel brave and knowing
that i was vital and alive and would never die
no matter how tired and sleepy i eventually get.
Love, your companion in our Paris,
our Principality of Poetry in
our Province of Wonder…
your co-conspiritor Charissa,