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Copyright 2012. Original poetry, art, writing & photography by Julie SuZaNNe BröKKeN

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SCARLET REVELATIONS




my breath 
that was rapt away
by this surprise of scarlet revelations


will it return
if I gather up this unexpected beauty
these poignant leavings



reddish quills and precious plumes
spotted downy fluff
black tipped tail feathers



wings un fanned       vermilion       unattached
breathless... 





Scarlet Revelations is inspired, in part, by this tanka by Õkuma Kotomichi


, LATE TOKUGAWA PERIOD, Japan (C. 1770–1867).

My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms - will it return to my body when they scatter?"



Scarlet Revelations

my breath 
that is rapt away
by this surprise of scarlet revelations
will it return 
if I gather up this unexpected beauty
these poignant leavings
reddish quills and precious plumes
spotted downy fluff
black tipped tail feathers
wings un fanned       vermilion       unattached
breathless?
    
my breath
that was rapt away
by this surprise of scarlet revelations
will it return 
if I gather thoughts of yesterday s flicker
attention rapt by tasty winter ants
unearthed inside their little winter hillock
beneath snowy shadows
and the unexpected beauty
of a hawk descending
sharp eyes       swift talons       precise beak
realizing her own carnelian insights
red flicker belly blood and bones 
breathless still?

my breath
that was rapt away
by this surprise of scarlet revelations
will it return tomorrow
if I gather to watch the unexpected beauty
of a hawk landing
on tomorrow s naked branches
looking for tomorrow s red 
to fill her belly again
as she rapts me away
my own beating blood belly bone thoughts
breathless again?


NORTHERN RED-SHAFTED FLICKER
photo credit: Roy Hancliff, Barcroft Media

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