Giving Time: by Robert Okaji

The supplicant’s desire:

mornings sliced into perfect pieces, afternoons
dipped in honey, evenings freed.

A gift of absence.

To gather and bear, shaping
the resultant minutes,

she takes yeast from the air, adds
flour, water and salt.

Matched with the ripening

hour and the sweetened bitter taste,
I recall how blood
seeped through the towel, and

observe on the table the
cheese, plums, the harvested day.

.

To listen to a reading of the poem, click on the player below:

.

You can find more poetry by Robert Okaji on his blog HERE on in his new chapbook “If Your Matter Could Reform” which will be published in April of this year as the first book in the National Poetry Month series by Dink Press 

~ by bonniemcclellan on February 17, 2015.

8 Responses to “Giving Time: by Robert Okaji”

  1. […] https://bonniemcclellan.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/giving-time-by-robert-okaji/ […]

  2. I am impressed with the way you have interposed the very abstract phrases with such sensual imagery of the concrete. Very evocative and enjoyable, Robert.

  3. Thank you, Cynthia. I lean towards the abstract and often need to reel myself in with imagery.

  4. Very good, especially the spoken word!

  5. Thanks, JC!

  6. this is exquisite Robert – you’ve inspired me

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: