Mandolyn ...

leaving the dream ajar

my hands came clean
when you forced them into yours
'you'll be happier with me'
you nagged,
rubbing the button on my shirt-
i could feel the sea
breaking its promise with the sun
as your ship leaned
into its palm

having walked miles around you,
around us
i screamed at the stone, hot on the sand
as i fumbled with the idea of going with you
'let the tide nibble your foot'
you'd said
'let it remind the blister
which ocean it came from'

so i felt the froth,
the pull of the current
and i begged the waves to bully you
to push you towards the horizon
so i'd lose sight
of your distilled temper-
the quiet anger you'd bury
when i let go

Submitted: Monday, December 22, 2014

Topic of this poem: dream

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  • Gold Star - 7,957 Points Daniel Brick (12/26/2014 11:25:00 PM)

    I read all of the comments on this poem and most especially your responses to those comments. You were very generous in responding. The tendency of a poet is to respond ironically, to appear to be joking, it's a way of protecting your creativity, you don't, in fact can't reveal everything about your creative process, your core message, your motives and intentions. I know this because I write poems too - So I came up with this distinction between LIKING and LOVING as a safe way to both probe and not to probe, sometimes you just have to say as reader or as writer Shhh, don't disturb the moment. I respect that despite my on-going curiosity. But I mean this sincerely when I love a poem IT'S INSIDE ME STILL WORKING ITS MAGIC! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,957 Points Daniel Brick (12/26/2014 11:15:00 PM)

    I like this poem a lot, even love it. LIKE and LOVE are two separate responses but they can occur for the same poem simultaneously. LIKE means I enjoyed myself in the space of the poem, in the time I spent with it
    - and I went away from it satisfied with the poetic experience. I feel this LIKING response almost all the time when I read at your site. LOVE, however, is a more complex reaction (Love is always complex, right?) It means
    this poem gave me an experience in depth, it changed something inside of me, The poem will accompany me when I leave. It's inside me still working its magic. Both LIKING and LOVING a poem are intuitive, but I spelled things out intellectually just to make it clear to me, to you, to anyone listening. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,059 Points Bull Hawking (12/23/2014 4:48:00 PM)

    I like that the dream is ajar....rather than a plain bottle with some silly note inside....
    ....also I think letting go could have more than one meaning.....also quiet anger could be
    Passion disguised...or not (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 16,003 Points Mandolyn ... (12/25/2014 9:55:00 PM)

    i will do my best to describe this poem in one sentence. it is a push/pull/push/pull
    as in.... i shouldn't, you have to go. wait, i love you- come back. no, we shouldn't... i must let you go.

    if this is the pattern what would the ultimate ending look like? a stupid monster truck going down the street at 4 am woke me up that morning, other wise the ending could have been altered. and the dialog could have very well been something like

    ugh, i'm so hungry
    me too
    let's go to the train station and buy tickets to Flagstaff, they have a great italian place there
    or we could sail to Catalina Island and get churros

  • Veteran Poet - 1,413 Points The Pundit (12/23/2014 1:48:00 PM)

    All great poetry comes from-and lives in- dreams/memories. See Coleridge, Poe, Whitman, Cummings, Bly, etc. Stay in that dream. When you violate the dream with a 'clever comment' i.e. the nibbling lines, it takes away from the experience. (I doubt seriously if he said that to you in the dream. Dreams are more visual than verbal. It sounds like lines added in by you) . Not that I don't love the poem, but just some things I was thinking. I gave it a 10. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 16,003 Points Mandolyn ... (12/25/2014 9:41:00 PM)

    those lines are liars, yes. they were a dream within the dream i dreamed and i came up with them after the dream stuck a fork in my feelings and flattened my sleep. [ i totally just dreamt that. you don't have to give me a 10, bucko! make me cry! tell me i'm mediocre and you expect more from me. make me go to my room without xanax... something....

  • Veteran Poet - 1,413 Points The Pundit (12/23/2014 9:35:00 AM)

    Well, I don't know how 'lighthearted' it is, but it's a very good poem. A little more serious, which is a good thing. The 'button' line is terrific. I'd leave out the 'nibble' lines, as they're not in the spirit of the rest of the poem. They belong in a humorous poem. I'd keep the atmosphere as dark as possible here with no joking around. I mean, this is about two people breaking up. Make the reader feel her anxiety, about the pending breakup. When you joke around, you let them off the hook. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 16,003 Points Mandolyn ... (12/23/2014 10:28:00 AM)

    this was based on a dream i had. dreams are wacky even when heavy- and i love how we have no control over them. there are times i scream wake up! because i don't like what's going on, but when i wake up i realize i want to go back. how jacked up is that? my family is probably going to have an intervention someday if they ever read my poetry. =)

  • Gold Star - 17,307 Points Valsa George (12/23/2014 7:25:00 AM)

    A very lighthearted poem, I liked his comment.......

    'let the tide nibble your foot'
    'let it remind the blister
    which ocean it came from' (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 16,003 Points Mandolyn ... (12/23/2014 10:28:00 AM)

    thanks, valsa. =)

  • Gold Star - 10,543 Points * Sunprincess * (12/22/2014 11:04:00 PM)

    ............very nice....this write has everything a poem needs sun, sand and sea...loved reading this one... (Report) Reply

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