Carmen

Almost out of the sky, half of the moon
It makes a cross of mourning between my eyes
Oh to follow the road that leads away from everything

Your breast is enough for my heart
I have said that you sang in the wind
You gather things to you like an old road

I have gone marking the atlas of your body
Stories to tell you on the shore of evening
I who live in a harbor between the lips and the voice

15 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

"It makes a cross of mourning between my eyes"

is my favourite line.

Beautiful imagery too.

Frank Parker said...

Thank you, gautami. This poem is a construction of lines from and homage to Pablo Neruda. An experiment fueled by passions at the time.
- Frank

R.G. ALEXANDER said...

This is truly lovely! Thank you for sharing.

Frank Parker said...

Thank you, R.G.!
- Frank

julia said...

Wow! You shouldn't wait to board the train - let this be your 1st Monday Poetry Train offering.

Loved this:
"You gather things to you like an old road

I have gone marking the atlas of your body
Stories to tell you on the shore of evening"
Fantastic.

Lisa Andel said...

"Stories to tell you on the shore of evening"

This paints the clearest picture for me. Thanks for sharing this.

Nice meeting you on Rhian's train, btw.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Wow, what a neat way to put a poem together, and this is quite lovely, Frank.

Christine said...

I have gone marking the atlas of your body - very, very nice.

Hi Frank: I'm a new visitor to your blog and I'll definitely be back. Am dropping by through Rhi's Poetry Train. Mine's up too.

Frank Parker said...

Thanks, Christine. You'll note from my earlier responses that this poem is a construction made from lines by Pablo Neruda. The one you comment upon is likely his most quoted.
- Frank

Rhian / Crowwoman said...

Well damn Frank - that's pretty freaking awesome! the continuity of thought flows beautifully - quite the artful collaging of words. Welcome aboard the train!

Ann said...

Great poem, I like the line "Stories to tell you on the shore of evening." Welcome to the poetry train.

Frank Parker said...

Thank you, Ann!
- Frank

OpenChannel said...

Yay Frank! I'm glad you joined us. I knew your lovely lines and re-constructions would find fans here.

Danika

colleen said...

Very sensual. I especially love the last stanza.

Could you be Irish?

Frank Parker said...

Hi, Colleen,

Irish on my maternal grandmother's side. I'm also a mix of German and English. Thank you for the welcome.
- Frank