A Hope


A Hope

Oh sister death, oh sister night,
I’ll seek your hold
at last bright light.
And when times come
that we three part
your echo still
will ring my heart,
and I will feel
nor ill nor fright
in the cisterned well
of death and night.


Draft draft draft poem for Kerry O’ Connor’s micro poetry prompt on Real Toads based in part on Gustave Klimt and Walt Whitman, both favorites.  I am sorry to have been so absent; a busy time.  Photo is mine, from the Museum of Pre-hispanic Art of Mexico (collection of Ruffino Tamayo) in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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19 Comments on “A Hope”

  1. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Wow! Fabulous. Memorable.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thank you so much, Jamie.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Jamie–your poems about your father were so moving. I can’t see where I can comment on your blog, so will just go into them here–I found the second one especially about the meeting and the red balloon and the brown eyes and the no so sad and compelling, and the one of the grandmother too–but all of them are wonderful. Really well wrought stories. Thanks. Sorry to have been so absent. k.

  2. Jim Says:

    I like the use of ‘echo’ here. Some scares and admonitions don’t seem to go away.

  3. Bless their presence, bless the parting. I love the way you used the rhymes.

  4. I like the rhythm; this moves like a lyrical song which can take the form of an ode or a ballad.

  5. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    Your incantation could almost be the last prayer one speaks before sleep.

  6. Brendan Says:

    Wondrous draft, friend, a near perfect charm. Absolutely may their echo resound “in the cisterned well / of death and night.” Amen.

  7. hedgewitch Says:

    I agree with Brendan–the rhyme and meter here are lulling, charmlike, and bring a kind of child’s prayer feeling to the work–and aren’t we all children at last, facing these two sisters. Good to see you posting, k.

  8. 1gus1 Says:

    This runs beautifully – a song.

  9. There is such a sense of welcome and acceptance in the tone of this poem. It speaks of readiness, of someone who has done what she wanted (and needed), of a soul moving on…

  10. Sherry Marr Says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

  11. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    Very lovely.

  12. Yes, it sounds like a prayer. The ability to lay down and allow come what may.

  13. hypercryptical Says:

    A wonderful incantation.
    Anna :o]

  14. I love the way you linked up the beginning to the ending. Almost like a reminder of what the poem was about. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  15. Ah. I love this. Speaks to mind, body and spirit. ❤

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