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
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.
Thank you, Cynthia. I lean towards the abstract and often need to reel myself in with imagery.
Very good, especially the spoken word!
this is exquisite Robert – you’ve inspired me
Thank you, Kelly. Bonnie’s site is replete with inspiration!
Yes – I am discovering that!