Sandra Fowler

Rookie (February,4,1937 / W. Columbia, WV, USA)

Warmth Is A Burden - Poem by Sandra Fowler

I hear the classic verse of your rebuke.
The music of a constant, static bird
Crackles the gray indifference of the sky.
A winter bleach of sunlight stings the eyes.

You bring me coffee in a heavy cup.
Warmth is a burden that no mind can bear.
The pattern of your gesture on the grass
Gives anger a dimension out of time.

My eyes record the image of that sound.
Morning is hammered into words of gold.
The moments slip like lost time down my cheeks.
You tilt my face to catch the amber drops.

Such overwhelming brightness lifts my lids.
No shadow lives against such vividness.
You win the landscape with your poetry.
I trust you to tell no one of its warmth.

Previously published: Ellipsis Magazine, Westminster College, Utah

Comments about Warmth Is A Burden by Sandra Fowler

  • premji premji (7/3/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    your words impart the warmth of poetry deep into my soul........... (Report) Reply

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  • (6/18/2009 10:11:00 PM)

    The intimacy is so poignant…. some of your poems are so cinematic Sandra... (Report) Reply

  • (3/21/2009 9:05:00 PM)

    So classic. I bow before your talent in respecr... Jim (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (1/18/2009 2:35:00 AM)

    ''The moments slip like lost time down my cheeks.
    You tilt my face to catch the amber drops.''

    I remain in awe thinking if I have read more beautiful words in my life! ! ! !
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  • Sarwar Chowdhury (11/24/2008 1:53:00 PM)

    Astonishing imagery!
    Compact...........eloquent...........thoughtful indeed!
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  • (7/16/2008 9:46:00 PM)

    true...but a burden one loves to bear...'winning the landscape with poetry' is your usual trait, sandra 10 (Report) Reply

  • (4/14/2008 11:56:00 AM)

    'you tilt my face to catch the amber drops, '...........poignant indeed! (Report) Reply

  • Peter Stavropoulos (8/6/2007 2:49:00 PM)

    Very powerful. I love the way you've combined personal (the subjective) feelings with landscape (the objective) near and distant. A true art. (Report) Reply

  • Elysabeth Faslund (8/5/2007 6:31:00 AM)

    To comment on a work which has already been judged outstanding...redundant. One thing...such spiralings! up, down, then up again. Utah got one, damned fine! ! poem! ! xxElysabeth (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (2/16/2007 2:24:00 PM)

    Wow, Sandra... you've 'hammered' out one great line after another! 'Words of gold, ' (to borrow a phrase from your poem) ... priceless, in fact! !
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  • (1/7/2007 10:12:00 AM)

    Your ability to tease feelings from closely woven words remains fascinating. I suspect there is more than a little bittersweet here, but your light always wins through in the end :)
    Best wishes.
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  • Melvina Germain (1/6/2007 12:25:00 PM)

    Great ilmagry displayed here Sandra in this most beautiful poem. A pure work of art, thankyou for sharing this beauty.---Melvina--- (Report) Reply

  • (12/22/2006 5:20:00 PM)

    How skilfully you use the imagery of nature to convey a moment of warmth and intimacy. You never reveal too much, but leave the reader to imagine... This is the voice of a true poet. love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • (12/18/2006 11:51:00 PM)

    beautiful images. i felt so naked reading this - as if you read my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Cyclopseven R (12/18/2006 10:43:00 PM)

    'My eyes record the image of that sound' -I like this phrase very much. A soul embracing poetry. Work of a refined mind. (Report) Reply

  • (12/5/2006 7:22:00 AM)

    really like this one. Trust it is an older one of yours. Like everything about it ~ essence, primarily. sjg (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2006 3:53:00 PM)

    This poem is so beautiful, I'm at a loss for words. As always, imagery is incredibly
    rich and original. The third stanza stuns the reader with its beauty. Truly, your words
    open new worlds of visual and sensual experiences to the human mind!
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  • (6/21/2006 2:11:00 PM)

    well I'm a poetically warmed up to read more! I absolutely love the images you create, bravo!
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  • (5/6/2006 8:55:00 AM)

    Sandra, this is a poem I could read over and over. (And did!) Your poetry has a soul, what more can I say...except that I have to read it once more. Warmest wishes, Justine. (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2006 5:34:00 AM)

    And who could help feeling imbued with warmth after reading your poetry, Sandra! A rapid succession of images that leaves one speechless. There are those paintings over which one needs to ponder for hours - your poem reminds me of those masterpieces. With Love, Susie. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 28, 2006

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