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Adrianne Quinlan Poems
When love suddenly dies Without reason or call, Signs of silence break ties Breaths no longer rise,
As the star that fell Across the night, Endowments Fragile as sparkle light,
At this point in our relationships We are giddy, But the foundations we have built Are not Golden State approved
A dry darkness like that of a new moon Is spreading within us. We climb the daily up-hill path, Stick figures in line,
The Staked Man
As thin and ragged As the staked man in the field, He appeared at my car window.
The Whipping Tree
Grandfather had always been fond of whippings. It's his one release, And mother still bears the scars.
When I am soft and warm, And the scent of a new babe Clings to my breasts, You call to me, "My dear."
She seeks warmth under cover When snow is over and under And warmth comes only From deep, deep within her.
I'm sorry that she's gone, And that you're sad. I know that in your heart you're alone… But be glad.
Everyone said it wouldn't last. "He loves slender women with good hair, " they said. "You are much too mild-mannered. He likes them rough, and feisty."
I freed my will today. For thirty years, I had searched.
Now I walk around with my glasses off. The lint that begs to be picked. The crumbs, The bits of god-knows-what
I often wonder If their touch is restrained Because my every stroke Delivers a jolt
As we look out Over the quiet lake There is no distinguishing Water from sky.
Comments about Adrianne Quinlan
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
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When love suddenly dies
Without reason or call,
Signs of silence break ties
Breaths no longer rise,
But forever fall.
Unrequited and forbidden,
Fades on one face,
Yet, on the other,
Free-flowing but hidden,
Flourishes without trace.
Carried on waves of radiant light,
Till by sheer will
Her life's force ignites,
Glows the brightest white,
Blows, and takes flight