Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Dark Fountain

The dark fountain,
in a dream of yellow leaves
rests and sleeps.

beyond the empty tree
still and secret

for the return
of little birds

until they can sing again

in a drift of yellow leaves.


Ric said...

What a delightful way to start my day!

Thanks for sharing that one.

James Goodman said...

I agree with ric. That was great.

Bernita said...

Thank you, dear guys.
Putting up a poem is always a shy and uncertain sharing, a tentative gift/offering to passers-by.

Savannah Jordan said...


I love when you post poetry! Such wonderful imagery. We should really get together and share sometime.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Savanna.
The ones that are marginally fit to print I post here, off and on.

Anonymous said...

in a drift of yellow leaves.

That has such a calming feel. A perfect end for the theme.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jason.

It's a slight thing, I know, but a gentle thought.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Very pretty. Thanks. I write poetry also. I try to slip it into my work when nobody is looking.

Bernita said...

Thank you, M.G.
Have the feeling that poetry is considered even less respectable than category romance.
One feels one should be wearing dark glasses and a disguise when one posts it.
Still, both Jason and Tsavo get away with it. Of course, their stuff is really good.

M. G. Tarquini said...

An awful lot of my stuff is bawdy.

Bernita said...

Bawdy is good. Great word init?
I didn't mean that though.
Just that poetry seems to be considered down the publishing food chain.
Maybe there's even more crap poetry submissions than crap novel submissions.
I wouldn't be surprised... I've probably written only a little over a hundred poems in my life, and maybe only a dozen of those are half-way decent.

Margery said...

Lovely poem.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Yep. I'm willing to believe that a really large percentage of poetry submissions are crap. Basic crying in soup, life sucks kind of stuff.

One of my novels is told in poetry and prose. Well, mostlly prose, but the one of the MC's is a poet. A lot of the poetry rhymes.

It's doomed.

I've done a Shakespeare parody and a renaissance kind of thing which is a funny poem, but with speaking parts. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with either, but they do get people laughing.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Very cool....word picture!!!!
Wow...I really like that!

Bernita said...

Tahk you, Margery, Bonnie. Kind of you.

M.G, sounds very clever. Can you be sure it's doomed? Don't literary publishers crave that stuff?

M. G. Tarquini said...

Don't literary publishers crave that stuff?

I don't know what the hell publishers crave. They say they do. And it's a good story, not ponderous at all. A mystery of sorts, heavily layered. It needs a rewrite.

Have to bury the poetry later, or put the really bawdy stuff up front.