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
flash
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.

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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 http://www.scotthastie.com

    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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