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Bones of Time

Bones of Time

I saw a skin of light through haloed fingers

Stepping over stars waiting to be quenched

In the slow blue hush, lapping at the moon


Each black-eyed berry bursting my heart

Over fields swallowing sheets of rain

And the bluffs dropping echoes


Where roosters dare crow before sunrise

With tenderness, as though such ferocity

Could slice the slip-knot times from their fleshy veils


The years are younger somehow, in the bones of our past

Overlooking you-me, this ruin of tree sloped skies

And those who sleep like honey in hives

Selena Howard ©October5,2011

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  1. January 7, 2012 11:21 pm

    Holy macaroni, this is really good poetry. I hope you feel good about the work you’re doing. “those who sleep like honey in hives” is a wonderful image and sense that is put into words, but has a greater meaning than the words you use to describe what you are saying.

    • January 7, 2012 11:35 pm

      Thank you Thomas I’ve been immersing myself in studying metaphor.I’m finally starting to write pieces that not only make me dig deep but also push the envelope. I have so much to learn yet about writing and my goal is someday write a sonnet

      • February 5, 2012 8:08 pm

        I love sonnets and love writing them. You certainly have the ability to write a great sonnet, so I want to encourage you. The trick is in mastering iambic pentameter. I often translate what others are saying into iambi in my head just to catch the way language and human expression works. I’m not sure that’s necessary, but if you can master the iambic part the pentameter part boils down to not using verbs or articles at the end of lines. I try to use nouns whenever possible.

  2. February 5, 2012 8:20 pm

    Thomas you have mastered the art of iambic pentameter,I humbly thank you for that tip about using nouns at the end of lines. I have every intention of writing a sonnet.I have a quote I found that and I use it as my own personal mantra,as inspiration to dip my feet in things I would ordinarily be afraid to …
    “I’d rather fail at trying than to fail by default.”

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