Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Milk and Honey


Shadows stretch their jaws,
but dusk becomes a toothless beast
when devouring milk with honey,
so that upon night's velvet throat
might hang a pearl of moon
with heart of opal

13 comments:

the walking man said...

You are rapidly becoming one of my favorite contemporary poets Sarah.

The interplay here is absolutely stunning and the last three lines...a great image of beauty.

Thank You.

Catvibe said...

Shadows stretch their jaws...very cool poem, I like how you turned the very ordinary turning of day into night into a feast. Gorgeous photo too! It wants to be painted.

laughingwolf said...

exquisite images, thx sarah

happy new year to you and yours :D

Sarah Hina said...

Walking Man, thank you. I'm very honored to read those words of appreciation.

Cat, it's funny you say that, because I was thinking the same thing! :)

I did want to take something mundane, or even negative, and transform it into beauty and positive. A feast indeed!

Laughingwolf, happy new year to you too! May it be filled with beautiful things for you and your loved ones. :)

jason evans said...

You're really rocking the photos lately aren't you?? Nice!

Things like stars, and the moon, become so much brighter in the night. Maybe it takes solitude and quiet reflection to find those treasures at our velvet throats.

Charles Gramlich said...

The imagery is stunning, almost overpowering.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Oh, so, yielding and mellifluous. I enjoyed every single word of this! *?*

Sarah Hina said...

Jason, I do like this photo. Thanks. :) Photography has opened my eyes to the here and now.

And yes, I believe the world expands in night. It's too easy to feel lost or consumed. Finding and holding onto requires a deeper vision.

Charles, I wanted to conjure something incredibly rich, so your words mean a lot to me.

K, thank you! That was precisely the sensation I wanted you to slide through. :) So glad you enjoyed this one.

Aine said...

I love the image of
a pearl of moon
with heart of opal
!

Perspective is everything... Night can feel terrifying and dangerous or comforting and beautiful. I prefer your version!

Sarah Hina said...

Aine, I agree. I guess I was trying to tap into those strengths that can feel immortal. Even when we're feeling our most vulnerable.

Thank you for your perspective! :) Always.

George said...

Beautifully worded with such a surreal image.

sawan said...

wow! six lines and such a beautiful expression of thoughts! amazing!

Sarah Hina said...

George and Sawan, I truly appreciate your stopping in and for the warm words. Thank you. :)