Monday, March 24, 2014

NEW POEM: "Stars & Moon & Lamp"

This is a poem that I wrote for a script I am collaborating on, hopefully to be turned into a film... it is based on Nycteris from George MacDonald's "The Day Boy And The Night Girl." (If you don't know who George MacDonald is, you're missing out on a profoundly delicious part of life.)

Nycteris is a girl who has never seen daylight before. This is one of her mental wanderings as she looks at a lamp and considers the idea of light.

Stars & Moon & Lamp

Perhaps you are what they mean by “stars,”
Or “epiphany,” or celestial scars
Across the cheek of the sky
Or the pulsating palm of my mind…
Perhaps happiness, swelling up
Like a purple balloon, perhaps this pain
I feel without knowing whence it comes,
This drum causing joy like the curve of a spoon—
Perhaps that is the face of the moon.
Have you ever seen the sea,
Guided him with amber hands,
Or caught his silver ankle
As he raced towards land?
Have you ever thrown a stone
Across his chest,
Counted the beats it took
To reach the reflections
Between the ocean’s opaque bars…

Those mysteries they call the stars?

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Note: 

1) Yup, "amber hands" and "silver ankle" are references to poems about the sea by Emily Dickinson
2) On a slightly unrelated note... I will be performing poetry (perhaps even slam poetry) at the open mic held by Adsum, a literary journal at USC, at Cups Coffee this Thursday! It's from 7-8:30 and I would love you forever if you came to support!! :)

Location of Cups: 
3335 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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