because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse

still life

i slept last night in our bed alone
cramped tight against sweat-
smothered pillows and wrapped up
in winding-cloth sheets
wilted like the flowers you left
on the kitchen table a lifetime ago,
lily petals sagging and baby’s
breath crumbling to ruin
amidst a jumble of empty glasses and
yesterday’s neglected news;
this morning even the coffee smells
lonely.

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15 responses

  1. wow so open! isn’t it such a beauty that we have writting as a form to express what is not tangible?:our feelings.not sure what would be the best for you,but if it is for your long lost love to return i wish that! πŸ™‚

    July 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

  2. Love the last two lines πŸ™‚ Everything in this poem is so perfect and i loved it, sadness which is like a still-life picture, no feeling, no movement and emotions, Thank for sharing^^

    July 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

  3. tq for sharing..

    July 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

  4. Love is good but can bring such sadness at the same time. I could feel the emotion from your heart in this one. Let your light keep on shining. Thank you x

    July 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm

  5. wise words,
    love has two sides,
    it depends on how we take and react on it…

    July 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm

  6. i love your poems, your diction is wonderful and sensual.. thanks for sharing them πŸ™‚

    July 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

  7. Thanks, all, for dropping by.

    buttercup and Speak.., appreciate the tea and sympathy πŸ™‚

    Riika, Imagina and fiveloaf, your words are too kind. it was my pleasure.

    Jingle, thanks for the wisdom. I’ll be checking out your Rally, soon enough!

    Cheers!
    –JSL

    July 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

  8. oh. such a vast feeling of loss & emptiness in these words. simply beautiful.

    July 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

  9. So vivid described are the pictures, that there really was nothing left for me to imagine.. very well done!

    You have beautifully portrayed here the picture of sadness and of being ditched .. it is sad, but extremely delicately and well done

    July 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

  10. well done,
    hope that you have a smiling day!

    July 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  11. http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/thursday-poets-rally-week-25-poetry-awards/

    three poetry awards,
    plus two general awards,
    enjoy!
    thanks for the contribution!
    πŸ˜‰

    July 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  12. thanks for dropping back by, h0ll0wd0ll; this was exactly the kind of feeling i was going for with this poem.

    Kavita, happy my images come across as vividly as you describe them–there is no higher compliment! nice to see you as always.

    and Jingle, you are quite overwhelming me! thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

    ciao
    JSL

    July 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

  13. You are an excellent writer! – Bill

    July 26, 2010 at 7:58 pm

  14. http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/07/pick-one-or-two-to-share-follow-rule-no.html

    check to see if you would like to take one or two awards from there and share with poets who appreciate your work…
    cheers!
    Happy Tuesday!
    πŸ™‚

    July 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    • thanks again, Jingle; you are too kind. i’m rather floored by all these nominations!

      July 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

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