Friday, May 20, 2011

What to Call You

A poem I wrote last winter.  Maybe more to come.

Thinking of your name and how it can feel
surprisingly strange in my mouth like
not what it's meant to mean and how
we so seldom used those words
to each other but I see your name
a lot of authors named that, you know
and I work in a library
(hi, nice to meet you)
and I see your – that word – I see that word
and if I let it, it brings me your eyes
it brings a little reluctant smile
a warm softening born in an old moment
it can bring your touch, so much gentle comfort
and a giggle, in how it's never quite fit

I'd have to leave this language
to try and put some sounds to you
maybe en Español, mi compañero
but I think even there it will become a poem
there's no one word in any single language
if Time could talk, we'd work something out
and Light waves describe how they inform experience
through the twice upside-downed eyes
and Scent explain how my nose knows
what you've touched and not touched
and my Skin explain what comes through
so that when we touch you go straight to my bones
and if Memory could collaborate to collect the colors
of all the pieces of time we've shared
and if Energy were given voice and the inclination to testify
to how it's gathered between our bodies

if Atoms had voices
or the Universe could sing
maybe I could find a way
but for now I'll just call you
hey, how've you been?


  1. Nice to see you back after a very long time. Hope you are refreshed and your spirit is bright ......

  2. Wow. I really like this poem. Your writing is great.

  3. Thank you both! It's good to be back, even if it's only a bit at a time. Myrna, I like this one a lot too, and thanks again. More to come, little by little...

  4. I really loved todays verse and as I've posted a lot about language lately this was very apt - almost as if you had read my mind.

  5. Cool! I have another fun language one coming soon. :) I would be honored to read your well-read mind! What a compliment!

  6. awww really sweet reminder of when you first meet someone. Your words are masterful

    thanks for sharing with One Shot

  7. That's so funny, it's about someone I've known 20 years. I love poetry for that. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. smiles..the feel of your name in my that...this was a delicious piece...

  9. Thanks. There are more in that file, it's just recently become un-frighteningly public domain, or it will...