Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Weight of Water



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Summertime by Mary Cassatt
in the public domain in the United States




I close my eyes

to feel its softness

like a cool cloth

pressing gently 

upon the orbital ridge around my eyes,

the weight

at once present and absent

from lid's creases.

If I open my mouth

it will invade every crevice 

available to it,

a potent reminder of its press,

a heft upon

the slim cord of air

trapped between my teeth

as i float 

up to the surface.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2014

17 comments:

  1. part of the comfort of water is how it does fill every pore and wraps us in a hug complete...of course we cant get too comfortable or it will swallow us...i wonder did you read mrs mediocrity today...some interesting parallels...smiles.

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    1. Thank you Brian--I just went to read her--and yes--you are right!

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  2. Ha, we really are on the same page! Must be something in the air... :)

    Having said that, I love the feel of this, it's very visceral, offering the sensation of being there...really beautiful!

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  3. I love this ode to the elusiveness of water. It really makes me want to pin it down too. I love the image of your open mouth and it finding any and all crevices.

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  4. Wow. Very vivid. Love the imagery. :)

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  5. I enjoyed what you did with this ekphrasis, Audrey, how you allowed us to experience the senses involved.

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  6. one of the essential element of survival...beautifully penned down, Audrey!

    Happy Valentine, my friend!

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  7. water, like air
    with a weight indeed
    alive, fluid, essential

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  8. I love Cassatt's paintings and your poem goes beautifully with the image. Water is so soothing, healing. This is lovely :)

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  9. Lovely poetic illustration of a beautiful painting!

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  10. Beautiful writing, Audrey! This poem gives me a relaxing feeling as I read....

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  11. The power of water ~ I specially like this: a potent reminder of its press ~

    Lovely words here Audrey ~ Happy Hearts Day ~

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  12. I closed my eyes and pondered the weight of water on my eyes, like a washcloth. You are right! That sensation is aptly described here!

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  13. Very tactile and evocative. So glad I stopped in to enjoy this poem, nice work Audrey!

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