Thursday, February 5, 2009

Where the wild things are

Vines encircle
mushroom pale limbs
sweet flesh
twining around
drawing down
into earth
into soil
drawing down
into seed
tendrils coiling
in slow bondage
an inch an hour
drawing down
we become
red rot
woodlice carving
damp homes
from decaying marrow
pungent, bright
their roofs thatched
precisely with
neckera moss
a perfect shade of green

Rachel Westfall
February 5, 2009


Moanerplicity said...

hmmmm... very nice. i found this piece both lyrical & visual, and it made wanna break out my thesaurus on a couple of your more descriptive words. *smiles* but that's perfectly cool. good poetry should make us open our minds as well as our hearts.

snatch JOY!


christopher said...

Thanks Rachel. I especially liked the lice.

Deeper Than The Rest

If I were a louse
I'd want to be a wood louse,
with abilities
beyond the louse norm
so I could use my legs, sway
to the music laid
with my eggs into
the rot of things and burrow
deeper than the rest.

RachelW said...

Moanerplicity: thank you! I often find myself tinkering, playing with the words for a while.

Christopher: thank you, too! I love your wood louse poem. I was fascinated by them when I was a child. Still am, I suppose.

Linda S. Socha said...

I like this poem...I did get a bit concerned and I began to visualize my self in the spot noted! I think I have days when I may be a bit too suggestable.

Alas I haved never aspired to be a louse....although I do like the poem on the subject by Robert Burns

RachelW said...

Linda, haha! A strong imagination is a wonderful thing.

LORENZO said...

I'm so tired of winter that I even miss the bugs! Love the images, of course I'm one of those guys who takes 100 pictures of fallen trees and rotten logs when he goes hiking.

RachelW said...

Lorenzo, I do that too. The mossier, the better-- especially if there are other trees and ferns and things growing out of the stump or log. There is something wonderful about that fern-gully look. I'm not tired of winter yet though, thankfully, since we have at least 3 more months of winter to go up here!

KGT (aka Cagey) said...

evocative. lovely.

Lisa said...

you have a wonderful way with words- i feel what you write xxx

Karen said...

THIS is what I want to be able to do! Bravo!

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holly said...

The sounds and the precise quality of this... amazing!! I loved reading it out loud.

RachelW said...

Thank you all so much!