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

for all the sad country ju-ly crooners

june river

love is just the lightning
between old
bitterness and the new,
a thunder that tastes like
antique lace catch-
ing in your throat
as if you had swallowed
spiderweb under a honey-
suckled sky with clouds like
cotton-bolls behind a river city
summer choking
with angry greens
& browns, river current
swollen and diverging.
in the low sky
june fireflies wink still,
flashing for loves
of their own.

23 responses

  1. Rhonda L. Brockmeyer

    Lovely lovely lovely. Gorgeous piece.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    • Thanks, Rhonda. 🙂 you are too kind.

      June 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

  2. Made me thing of times when my heart had been broken by someone.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    • sorry to have brought back bad memories. sometimes even broken hearts can be bittersweet in the remembering, tho.

      June 12, 2013 at 11:05 am

  3. hopefully the thunder of love lasts longer than the flash….smiles…and going to go brush the spiderwebs from my teeth now as well…smiles.

    June 11, 2013 at 6:08 am

    • flossing is key with those things. smiles back.

      June 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

  4. So gorgeous!

    June 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    • thanks, Audrey.

      June 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

  5. scotthastiepoet

    My first time here and I like the lyrical passion and intensity of this piece Joanna
    – so will be back for more sometime. All the Best to you Scott

    June 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    • you’re most welcome here, Scott, any time! thank you for your lovely comment.

      June 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

  6. OOO, rhythm and super awesome imagery.

    That’s great.

    June 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    • *smiles* thanks, wanderer.

      June 12, 2013 at 11:24 am

  7. Anonymous

    aww beautiful!

    June 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  8. aww beautiful!

    June 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    • thanks, chica! 🙂

      June 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

  9. The lyrics to “Love Hurts” popped into my mind after I read this. You nailed it…so many of us have definitely felt this way about love.

    June 12, 2013 at 2:58 am

    • i think i had song lyrics half in my head while i was writing this… 🙂 thanks for stopping by.

      June 12, 2013 at 11:33 am

  10. You have really gotten my attention with this piece. I find it full of great visuals wich completely throw me back to other times, sweeter times. You really are an excellent poet. Please keep up the great writing. I will be back for sure. Blessings and Light.

    June 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    • aww. *blushes slightly* thank you so much, Suzie! i am so glad you happened by– please come back any time!

      June 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

  11. My first read here. Love tug and ache. Impressive images.

    June 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    • thank you, latonya. please feel free to come back by anytime. 🙂

      June 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

  12. I really dug the shifting description of love here – love is never the same two days in a row.

    June 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  13. I love the fluidity of thought in this. Great movement, Joanna. And thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

    June 26, 2013 at 12:20 pm


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