Treasure Island

Viola Grey

(Feb '73 / NZ)

Anticipation


In the silence before the storm
I can feel you.
I can sense the change
darkening your soul.
As each gentle dropp lands
you turn away
before thunder heralds words
held, so far,
upon your tongue.
Remind yourself one more time
that once given
cannot be retrieved,
and heady damage
never undone.
Close your eyes
within the steady hum
of a cleansing storm.
Breathe in decision,
exhale doubt,
then carefully speak.

11/5/09

Submitted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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  • Jann Rau (5/14/2012 4:48:00 AM)

    i love your poems, so full of meaning and very economic on words, great stuff (Report) Reply

  • *Trusting You* (6/9/2009 12:17:00 AM)

    this is soooooo good.... this is poetry! ! ! I love it. great job.
    Breathe in decision,
    exhale doubt,
    then carefully speak.
    amazing lines girl... omg.... just wow...
    Becca (Report) Reply

  • _____________________________________ - (5/15/2009 6:32:00 AM)

    Till Exhaled
    “Inspired by Viola’s Anticipation”

    The lingo of “hope” I spoke-
    “Certainty” hope’s bonded fettered slave
    Tongue rolled out sun
    Cleaving clouds of doubts
    I spoke hope; retrieval whence blasphemous-
    A catharsis of uncertainty
    I spoke of “you” in a monosyllable of “us”
    I knew of tremors, tsunamis and jolts
    But I said “us” alive, awake to
    undoable [heady damage]

    I inhaled you as I whispered……. “hope” (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (5/14/2009 4:14:00 AM)

    'Think before you speak'...good warning...good defence in anticipation of an ensuing word storm...well written strong lines, Viola...10 (Report) Reply

  • Sue Sie (5/12/2009 5:31:00 AM)

    Thoughtful poem with meaning.....always best to have a clear head
    and engage brain before speaking....10++ (Report) Reply

  • Tom Balch (5/12/2009 2:50:00 AM)

    A brilliant piece on think before you speak, loved it, regards Tom 10+ (Report) Reply

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