Of pleasure and of pain

Hey, that’s my line!

Poetic Bloomings challenged us to “steal” a line from another poet,from any previous prompt. I wrote two but am posting this one:

“Now high, now low, the harmony of pleasure and of pain
 Sweeps soulfully across the sea and land.” Janet Martin’s Villianelle June 27, 2012
(Thank you, Janet)

“Of pleasure and of pain”

The harmony of pleasure
 and of pain, sweeps soulfully
across the sea and the land.

The sea may rage and argue
against spring’s thundering
hand and I may ride the rain

like waves of war cutting across
meadowland and dwelling,
with a swelling fear inside

my breast—the pain of height,
the fear of depths too deep
 to see. I breathe numb, I stumble

dumb into the message from
one who walked these seas.
Tonight I sleep with my blind

voice, reciting pithy proverbs,
 the lore of folk, weak and fruit-
less. I need a strong hand to

stroke in the torrid thunder,
I need a voice to hush the gales,
to awaken my eyes to prayer

and the promises that sweep
 soulfully across the sea and
land, a guiding hand to ease

my shorn soul. Tomorrow I’ll
wake to that Voice on the
breeze, singing a simple prayer,

gently brushing love through
the wind in my hair.

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7 thoughts on “Of pleasure and of pain

  1. J.L. This is really outstanding !!
    “I breathe numb, I stumble dumb into the message from one who walked these seas.” Really liked this and the ending is fabulous but leaves me personally wondering if I brush my hair with an airhose does that make me a redneck ?? lol

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