Venus in the Year 2020

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Venus in the Year 2020

She is in us, this woman with a skull face
and feathers for hair.

She rises over the bones of her past
with a slow shield
and a fast axe.

From the crest of her walking stick,
hair streams in the wind
as though head and staff
have traded adornment.

She has painted detachment on her face
and tucked emotions under a skin cloak
shredded by the teeth of her life.

She wears her seeds
wound around her long throat,
streaming down her front
to end in a pendant
made from bones
whose stories
only she
knows.

Behind her and beside her,
the skeletons of her memories
and riches
in hide pouches.

With few secrets left,
she stands sentinel
on the mountain.
If she could fly?
She has plucked
her wings
for ornament.

She
stands.

 

For dVerse Poets Open Link Night.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

14 thoughts on “Venus in the Year 2020

  1. Nitin Lalit

    She has painted detachment on her face
    and tucked emotions under a skin cloak
    shredded by the teeth of her life.

    She wears her seeds
    wound around her long throat,
    streaming down her front
    to end in a pendant
    made from bones
    whose stories
    only she
    knows.

    – Great lines. To me (correct me if I’m wrong) this poem portrays a woman who has seen much pain, but refuses to cave in.

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      1. Nitin Lalit

        I haven’t read the short story. I want to someday. My blog is inspired by Sara Teasdale’s poem. It’s one of my favourite pieces by her. ‘The Answer,’ being another.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, PV. I have rewritten this piece a number of times and I’m still not sure it is exactly right, but we’ll see how it looks on the screen and bet there will be a few changes in the upcoming weeks.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Frank. That line seemed a bit excessive, but so far I’ve been unable to alter it. I tend to change poems a bit every few readings. Even the published ones. Do you ever do that? Fuss, fuss.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yes.. a bit of a ghastly theme suggested there. That line with the seeds is still not right but on some future reading , its solution will pop into my mind..hopefully.

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