Translucent and Cracked, Eileen D’Esterno

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Doug Stuber 1:29 PM (17 hours ago)

translucent and cracked state changing substance two elements vibrating in pr…

e.m.desterno

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to me
certainly.   and you might well share that it was sparked by the only songwriting exercise i have ever entertained, which i will attach. and this is so serendipitous, being that i recently made acquaintance with 4 young travellers, literally hitching trains across the country.  and one of them was proud of his rapping. and his brother, who had taught himself guitar, sang a few songs he’d written… sounded very ‘sex pistols’ influenced but had some good hooks… and i gave them the pages i attach, and we made a pact to send a word to each other every other day. because i miss the writing shaman self i have been in the past.

thank you douglet.  🙂  (sort of like a doublet, or a chiclet)

 

And her amazing poem:

 

 

translucent and cracked
state changing substance
two elements vibrating in precise energetic arrangement
my big negative ‘O’ and your two positive ‘ayches’
Aych
Ouch
Page
Crouch
rage
douse
sage
mouse
playing with keys of words
letting rigidity melt
dissolving fear and letting it soak gently
into the ground
spilling coffee on a friend
when emphatic gestures leap and bound
the dog snores… and I was sprayed
with ice precursors
that will never freeze
in Georgia
but for a few short days in winter
and the thing is
you don’t know
the damage done
until it melts
THEN  you have a flood and find
the cracked pipes that were
worn out to begin with.
ice has no smell
but old freezers do.
melting slush in
northern streets smells of
car exhaust and rock salt.
ice
numbs pain
hurts if left on too long
feels like burning when swallowed whole
preserves food
relieves stress
smokes in the summer sun
goes directly to a gas if it starts out dry
back to the object
a cube becomes amorphous
eroded by kinetics of air
the molecules making new shapes
ethereal and fluid
the dog melts
no, she barks
and the timer goes off.

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2 thoughts on “Translucent and Cracked, Eileen D’Esterno

  1. “Anthem”

    The birds they sang at the break of day
    Start again
    I heard them say
    Don’t dwell on what has passed away
    or what is yet to be.
    Ah the wars they will be fought again
    The holy dove – She will be caught again
    bought and sold, and bought again
    the dove is never free.

    Ring the bells that still can ring – Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.

    We asked for sign , the signs were sent:
    the birth betrayed , the marriage spent
    … the widowhood of every government —
    signs for all to see.

    I can’t run no more with a lawless crowd
    while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud.
    But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up a thundercloud
    and they’re going to hear from me.

    Ring the bells that still can ring …

    You can add up the parts , but you won’t have the sum
    You can strike up the march, there is no drum
    Every heart, every heart to love will come
    but like a refugee.

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.
    That’s how the light gets in.
    That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen

    • Please note, my dear Leener, that you ALREADY have 11 likes on your BLog post on my blog.

      Ha, my average is 5. So nice start. And thanks for the Leonard Cohen blast.

      Beauty.

      Doug

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