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Drum Lessons

Rating: 5.0

She wants me like the moon,
reliably present but distanced,
like something sacred
or beating nearby - an animal’s heart,
wild and unknowable
in its underground womb.
It would be a tall tale to assure her
I can ride everywhere in tandem,
because I’m a character in one of those hokey
movie capers where they synchronize watches,

only to careen into mayhem anyway.
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Raynette Eitel 03 November 2005

I loved this from the first line to the last, but especially the last. It is good to know yourself and be comfortable with it...and then to say to your lover, 'you must take me as I am.' You said all this with such eloquence. Raynette

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remarkable poem, Michael. especially the last bit! Jake

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Michael Shepherd 20 October 2005

A fine poem indeed whose imagery has a rare quality of focus. Restores one's faith in poetry, if it ever wavered!

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Like a flaming arrow through my icy heart, Michael - total thaw! This is fine, fine poem!

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Raynette Eitel 20 October 2005

Michael, this is a ten. I love the images, but your insight really captivates me. The day we learn who and what we are and quit marching to another's beat is a red letter day. This poem says you've done that. Congratulations! I'm bookmarking this. Raynette

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Uriah Hamilton 20 October 2005

Lovely poem, Michael, and we all feel like a machine sometimes and we all lose the beat sometimes.

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