somewhere I have rarely

 somewhere I have rarely

somewhere I have rarely
travels a two-lane road
there heaven’s leaven with clean white sheets
though time is crooked and bowed

the bedstead’s kind enough for pine
though the floor is scuffed with pacing
and oh we’re tired and–oh–sore
no matter what’s up-facing

still we try–we too–to find
sunlit in a forehead’s shine
a window to tint lidded eyes
so the mauve inside’s not grief

there oatmeal’s creamy without milk
our skins as smooth as laundered silk
(though hard as knead)
(though hard as need)
(though quite bare-kneed)
(though barred and kneed)

and the warmth that warms to wilt those sheets
where night and mauve and knees do meet
lulls merged lanes and lipreads smile
till time itself lies down a while


Draft poem for Real Toads Open Platform.  Heavily influenced (ha) by the reading of somewhere i have never traveled by E.E. Cummings posted by Kerry O’Connor at Real Toads. 

The pic is a water color of mine, recently painted.  It doesn’t go so well with the poem (and has no elephants or little dogs, which is rather new for me) but still–all rights reserved. 

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10 Comments on “somewhere I have rarely”

  1. Marian Says:

    Creamy without milk! What a place.

  2. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    still we try–we too–to find
    sunlit in a forehead’s shine
    a window to tint lidded eyes
    so the mauve inside’s not grief

    I love this stanza, as it is almost a poem within a poem. Your rhymes add cadence to the words and the whole piece takes me to this place of tenderness.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks so much, Kerry– that is also my favorite part– I at first had “not grief’s disguise” but changed at last minute and am still thinking of it. Also thought a lot about sunlit or sunlight but felt that sunlit which was in first version allowed much more breadth in terms of reading and was also more of a nod to Cummings. Thanks for inspiration of posting that poem! K.

  3. The pic is just as gorgeous as the poem. Thanks, I enjoyed both.

    Greetings from London.

  4. You had me at “creamy without milk”. There is a sense of peace and pleasure in those words that speak of a perfect place, a perfect moment…

  5. Sherry Marr Says:

    I LOVE the painting….and the poem, which is a delight to read with its rhyme, rhythm and wordplay.

  6. Bekkie Says:

    When tired and sore it’s good to reflect on what’s been done and rejoice.

  7. Jamie Dedes Says:

    You are so multitalented, k. I like the painting . . . and the poem, of course. I had to read it over several time … I love when a poem calls me to do that. The word-play of the fourth stanza tickled me.

    Hope all is wll in your world, k. Be well and poem on …

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thank you so much, Jamie. My world has been consumed with my day job (which has become a 24/7 job a little bit), but I am hoping for some lightening soon. Hope you are well and enjoying beautiful SF. k.

      On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 11:41 PM, ManicDDaily wrote:


  8. M Says:

    I especially like the parenthetical, the sing-song laced with hooded eyes… ~

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