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A Kick Of Light - Poem by Martin TURNER

I am Supergirl. I throw back my cape
so that you may view the bathing suit within.
I rear up around a corner, life-size,
I materialise from a blank wall.

Before and after your lunch hour,
in between projects, out of hours,
you will always think of arms around you,
you will welcome my reminiscence.

In between the mystic’s flashes,
in the cracks of the hit parade
you will conceive – in a leap
of the imagination – me.

Innocent, myself, of all my meaning,
I make a permanent summons.
At the buffers, at the fire on the hill, at the cliff top
you will stare into space – and see me.

I do not tower over you.
I am discreet, my warmth always conveying
the necessity of someone
you don’t have to quarrel with.

I am meek and closer to you
than you are to yourself.
So like you, yet always a little different.
So different from you, yet the same.

Heads bob around us like jellyfish.
Stay calm. These are the musical curves
that the universe reads. My static tumbles forth
with all the definition of a joke.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t swim.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t dance.
Look on the rising and falling of my body
and submit to the cycles and patterns.

The sun rises over the lip of the ocean with the confidence
of the Kreutzer Sonata and Jupiter whirling.
Old men, tuned to the power chord, will sing
and apples gladden on the trees.

I am always there. It is a little kick of light
that engenders the pulse of glory.
Later I will police your dreams.
Nothing could be more ordinary.

Comments about A Kick Of Light by Martin TURNER

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (9/20/2008 12:26:00 PM)

    Amazing composition, lovely. Enjoyed and added 10. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/26/2008 11:44:00 AM)

    Mr. Turner, you, IMO, are the real deal! This is a remarkably beautiful, lyrical, and relevant piece of art. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work here. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2007 11:26:00 AM)

    Teeming with life force, affection, insight and playfullness. The balance of these elements is most appealing. I think I'll put on the Jupiter Symphony. (Report) Reply

  • (4/20/2006 1:54:00 AM)

    Marin I agree totally with Tan... amazing descriptives.

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  • Tan Pratonix (2/9/2006 5:05:00 AM)

    You have an amazing way with words, and wonderful word-music. 'Apples gladden on the trees', 'I will police your dreams'. Taut, intense feeling. Bravo. (Report) Reply

  • Frances Macaulay Forde (11/24/2004 9:26:00 AM)

    A beautiful love poem, Martin. She's a lucky lady. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, April 5, 2010

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