Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Gravity of the Moment



The Morgue File



the bed lies empty
its center, a crater
in which we found ourselves

pulled from dark matter,
night without light
surface abraded
its tension, molding space

bodies are drawn together
as time slows,
we cannot overcome
the gravity of the moment.


Copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015

Well this feels very rough to me--but there it is--I have an old bed and need to turn the mattress else we keep finding each other in the middle

Posted for Poets United Midweek Motif




21 comments:

  1. Really like this....and sometimes it is good that we can't overcome the gravity of the moment. At least, as I see it.

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  2. You've defined the power of a grave moment.. which numbs & overwhelms a person.
    Well penned!

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  3. Such a solemn poem for such an annoying and often funny situation. We need to turn our mattress as well. We start at the edges and within a few moments - in the well! And the solemnity of this....years ago I did a stint as an autopsy photographer - this really hit those memories! Spencer is Kanzensakura

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  4. well, perhaps, it is better to sleep together the power of attraction...just flip the mattress and see what happens.

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  5. Think the poem goes way beyond the situation you later described...nicely done.

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  6. I know that mattress well, the one with the roll into the middle within a few weeks of turning! Especially in the smaller beds, like the doubles, it can keep a couple together. I love the crater, the surface abrasion and the turn of phrase in to "the gravity of the moment." Slowly waking to that moment can be very good. Rough? Maybe not as rough as you think.

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  7. as time slows,
    we cannot overcome
    the gravity of the moment.

    How very true Audrey! We are powerless unless we take stock and be in full control of ourselves!

    Hank

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  8. The most comfortable bed I ever had was like a hammock, me in the centre. But as I live alone, it was perfect. I especially enjoyed "we cannot overcome the gravity of the moment". LOL.

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  9. It certainly has a feeling of finality!

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  10. I think that may be a good gravity - to be weighted by positive things - other people...love...knowledge.. is a far better force than many others...a fine moment of thought and gravity

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  11. I'm heading out the door to my part-time job, but just had to read this before leaving....and I'm not disappointed. Creativity at its best....in-depth reflections on the mundane...beautiful!

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  12. This piece carries that heavy tone so befitting of the challenge...nicely gathered, Audrey. :)

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  13. Ha...buy a new king size...it transforms a life:)

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  14. Audrey I like the double meaning that you created here. I have had a crater bed - better than a relationship with a crater in it.

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  15. Metaphorical, deep, mysterious. A good "middle of the story."

    Yes, turning over our mattresses can be a good thing!

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  16. This is so clever. I enjoyed th poem, its gravity about the slow pull of two people. I enjoyed it even more once I read your explanation about the mattress. Then I smiled.

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  17. Lovely poem. I am sure many couples would love that mattress with the irresistible pull to the centre and an instant resolution of a lovers' argument ;-)

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  18. This is very cool - delightfully charming ... a bit of an awesome extended metaphor in there. Smiles

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