Archive for the Poetry Category

Decembre (for Anastasia)

Posted in Composition, Poetry on April 12, 2011 by theburningpulpit

After winter ball

Of trumpets and swirling gowns

Comes the sighing wind.


Mare Nostrum

Posted in Composition, Poetry on February 15, 2011 by theburningpulpit

Now all is laid bare, even as
Sand is washed away by the waves
Matching a thousand siren songs.
As we circle the shallow beach,
Spelling phrases that do not meet,
My small feet still step over
This treasure. But how can I hide
Trivial hellos on paper slips,
Or smiles captured in sepia tones—
The many things I have buried
Under one summer’s golden screen?

En Passant

Posted in Composition, Poetry on January 2, 2011 by theburningpulpit

From Wikipedia:

En passant (from French: in passing) is a move in the board game of chess. En passant is a special capture made immediately after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn could have captured it as if it had moved only one square forward. In this situation, the opposing pawn may capture the pawn as if taking it “as it passes” through the first square. The resulting position is the same as if the pawn had only moved one square forward and the opposing pawn had captured normally.

We               other.
move            each
an                 towards
arm’s            heading
length           apart.

We never meet.

And yet–

always                        heart

Whenever you pass by.