Thursday, 5 July 2007

Poetry Thursday - The Fall

The girls at Poetry Thursday are off on a well earned break, but Poetry Thursday still continues throughout the summer, though without suggested prompts. I wrote this a while ago. I have been reviewing it in recent weeks, so I thought I may as well share it.

The dramatic heights of loveliness,
Caressed the soft waves of her hair.
A potent intoxication
Suspended reality in the air.

An hypnotic high; so mellow,
Burnished through enamored eyes.
Mournful tones though, now resound,
In guttural wrenching cries.

The ebb and flow of a peculiar fate;
A world turned on its axis once more.
Those fruits, once thought so delicious,
Are spoiled; rotten to the core.

She dared to pierce that taut red skin,
Seeking juicy delights beneath,
But neither zing nor sweetness whetted her lips;
An odious pungency caught her teeth.

That wily fervour, from her past
Could not be arrested forever.
Seized by a love; never mutually roused,
Not then, not now – not ever.

© Strauss

Photo by Elliot Erwitt
"California 1955"


Crafty Green Poet said...

'The dramatic heights of loveliness' - wonderful line!

gautami tripathy said...

What a great line to start the poem!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

what a fascinating image! did the image come first; or the lines of poetry?

strauss said...

The photo is by Elliott Erwitt, called "California 1955", I found the image afterward.

Clare said...

Very nice! I especially like the lines "the ebb and flow of a peculiar fate; a world turned on its axis once more".

Rav`N said...

I really like the flow of the poem. you certainly have a way with words too. I can't pick a favourite line because they're all good

Catherine said...

Such visualization, Strauss... I loved that last line. It was perfect!

Rob Kistner said...

How wonderfully exotic! I get a sense of otherworldliness... perhaps a vampiric love

Sorceress said...

The way you ended the poem really works...

Pip said...

Very evocative imagery, and so bittersweet.

tumblewords said...

What a pleasure to read your work!