Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Artist and Athena

I close my eyes and what I first recall are her piercing eyes

A striking violet, maybe blue, an indeterminate color

That seems to contradict the determination of her gaze

Is she looking at me? Is she telling me something?

I’m almost afraid to return her unequivocal glance

So fragile and feminine, yet filled with resolve

I can’t help but wonder: am I, after all, the one that she chose?

My eyes linger upon her barely-there smile

That lights up the corners of her mouth

With a hidden warmth, a whisper of intimacy

That give me security and make me crave more

The lacy gauze of a veil envelops her nude body

At once revelation and covering, protecting us both

For a moment Athena and I unite to inhabit

That wonderful space between dream and reality

Where fantasy dwells, where longing meets sanity

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To Live

To live

You ask, what does it mean to live?

Is life the slow struggle of an ant

Carrying with all its might a crumb

Or is it the last explosion of a star

Before darkness displaces light?

Is life the march towards a tomb

Where nothingness holds sway

Or is it a butterfly’s easy flight,

The wondrous voyage of a day?

Is life the slow growth of a tree

Towards a dim source of light

Or is it plunging in a depth

That knows no touch or sight

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Adeline

Adeline

Adeline, I still think about your far-away gaze
About your violet eyes, which brightened my days
Your delicate features hidden under thick swirls of hair
The softness of your curls dancing in the hollow of my hands
Your body felt so light, as if you were floating on air
When I twirled you round and round, like a little girl
Then the trill of your laughter could be barely withheld
Escaping like a ray of sunshine through the tunnel of fate
Adeline, many years have passed since you went away
Yet I still can’t believe it, the choice that you made
I gaze at the curtains touched by your fragile hands
And I still can’t bear to sit down on our favorite chair
Without thinking about how I cradled you there
I was sure that this world was a nest made for two
I believed all my efforts would be rewarded by you
With the passage of time I could say forgive and forget
But I cannot tell lies when each day I live with regret

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My Voyage

My voyage

I sit on the shore, close my eyes and dream

Of the many voyages I could have taken in life

I could have traveled on the calmest of seas

To glide my way smoothly like a bird

I could have taken adventurous trips

To feel the thrill of every storm

I could have stopped in many towns

To take bright pictures that would soon look worn

I could have lived completely bound

Or could have boldly seized the day

Instead, I chose this middle ground

Of taking few risks yet making waves

Of being free yet needing trust

Of settling down in a single port

While in the vastness of the sky

Finding the freedom that I lost

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Butterfly

Butterfly

Translucent wings, a kaleidoscope of color
Beating against the blueness of the sky
Gliding motion, barely can feel it
Making a feast of spring out of life.

Hazel eyes, the richest of colors
Flickering against the beat of my heart
Caressing motion, barely can feel it
Growing the spring of love in our lives.
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Desire

Desire

Your glance moves through my tresses

Flows on my arms, softly grazes my skin.

My eyes sparkle with light, looking at you

I feel happy; I forget my chagrin.

Your lips barely caress my ears,

Whisper sweet nothings, who knows what you say.

My knees tremble with weakness

I melt in your arms; I feel carried away.

Your hands probe my whole being,

Finding its secrets, stirring its dreams.

I gasp with desire, seeking to find you,

To capture your body, to enfold you within.

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Remember

Remember

My sweetheart, gentle lover

If you forget my name

When other waves of passion

Will carry you away

Remember all the echoes

Of footsteps when I came

Remember when you told me

You also felt the same

Remember the soft rhythm

The night you took my heart

Remember streams of tears

The day we had to part

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Evening Prayer

Evening prayer

Softness of dream

Gentle flow of stream

Twinkle of star

Wherever you are

Please hear my prayer

Whisper it to him

Wherever he may be

So far away from me

He hears my every breath

He listens to my steps

He looks for signs of me

He seeks me everywhere

Tell him I long for him

Tell him I dream of him

Tell him I feel his heart

Tell him we’ll never part

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