Sunday, August 2, 2009

Prompt 75: Windows

Christine of Quiet Paths brings us this week's prompt, windows. Thanks Christine, for the prompt, the poem by Mary Oliver, and the wonderful photograph. (Please visit her blog for a larger image of this magificent photo.)

Sleeping In The Forest
by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.
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  1. Thank you Christine, for this prompt and the lovely Mary Oliver poem.
    It set just right with me, I could be there. It's not a peaceful sleep, but still I'd do it even in the rough spots.
    The closest I can relate is sleeping in the backyard in my hammock fighting the flies and mosquitoes. And that isn't one bit romantic so I've lost it there.

  2. It's a mysterious 50 foot tower behind St. Mary's 06830. 1960-ish. Brown brick dead walls North and South. And between, vertiginous titanium girders with glass sheets like a Brobdingnagian collection of saturated theater gels.

  3. I found something by lori in my photo archives to inspire me this week.

  4. If Mr. Linky falls out the window again, just click my name to see my poem:

    "Dragon ships to double glazing"

  5. love the Mary Oliver poem, it feels like an intimate moment in time and I love how it ends

  6. Christine, Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem by Mary Oliver. She's on of my all-time favorite poets.

  7. I went ahead and submitted a second link...I hope that's ok. I was slap happy when I wrote my first one, but I was looking at photos and got inspired a bit. So I went ahead and did a second one. I will be more mindful from now on, and try to keep it all in one post.

  8. Oh my--
    What a beautiful poem to go with this prompt, Christine!

    I look forward to reading my dear OSI community's offerings!

  9. You are all such great people (and poets!). I hope the MO poem played some music in your hearts, as it did in mine. I am way behind right now but I'll be comin' by to read your poems soon. Thank you everyone! PS: I'm not sure what happened to my spider's web photo but you can see a larger version on my blog.

  10. Sandy, I am ignorant of what blogger will accept for photo resolution; my fault! I use Wordpress. Next time I will send a smaller image. Thank you for you all you do! You are a gift.

  11. The Mary Oliver poem is indeed lovely! Here's Island with Palms and Daffodils.

  12. Thank you for this lovely prompt! I appreciate all the poets here and look forward to reading many of the entries...