She

 

wears
eternity tattooed
on her wrists
to hide the fractalled
mysteries of vein
and luminous
fragility, tracts
of yesterdays
that slide
beneath
tomorrow’s surfaces
like subway tunnels.

She knows
secrets:

when to
dance, where
to run,
how to
fly but
she
won’t tell,
ever;
keeps her smile
wrapped up tight
in shadow and
in truth

she
looks best illumined
by rooftop neons,
mirrorless and
deepening;
her eyes
change color
in the sun
about to
set,
the heart
about
to jump.

27 thoughts on “She

    • Thanks, Denise! I like that it can take you so many directions (though, as is often the case, the inspiration came from something more literal than you might imagine…) 😉

  1. ‘her eyes change color in the sun about to set’…some lovely lines. Powerful imagery and perfectly paced – as usual! 🙂 // Peter.

  2. Very telling (showing too) in the way time is divided. Eternity on her wrists along with yesterday marked, with past getting under the skin of the future. Really cool how you compose that it in various line lengths that do not exceed 4 words! Seeing the sunset change in her eyes before that final “leap” produces a lovely effect.

    • Thanks, Adam. I hadn’t thought consciously about the line lengths–they just kind of came out that way– jagged and short. 🙂 Always appreciate your thoughts and kind words.

  3. whoever she is, the poem describes her in a way I personally wanted to adopt something from her.
    The secrets- when to dance and where to run, the smile wrapped in shadows and truth/ that’s appealing/,
    the eyes changing colors with the set of the sun … she is lucky to have you write about …

  4. this:

    “she wears
    eternity tattooed
    on her wrists
    to hide the fractalled
    mysteries of vein
    and luminous
    fragility,”

    and this:

    “her eyes
    change color
    in the sun
    about to
    set,
    the heart
    about
    to jump.”

    wow. you paint a vivid and heartrending picture with your words…

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