Challenge poem #1 – ( Kyoka suigetsu / 鏡花水月 / something you can see but cannot touch) – entitled: a thousand mile stare

Eternity on these amber days
like polaroid pictures pulled through taffy makers,
like the questions you had when you were little:
“How much does he love me?” and similar.

now things are new and well-stated and aching,
those same springing amber legs
now ambling, though purposeful,
now forgotten, though efficient.

and off now to interviews in sullen concrete tents,
to buy out your steel grins and cowering spouses.
soon enough, you will find  precious emeralds,
sparkling green, and… sparkling green.

and the precious thought-monster that lived years ago
would shout from the depths of dead lungs:
“it’s only a rock! go and drink the cool waters!,
just stop digging your fingernails dry!”

but this girl in a dress, and two tiny red bows,
is just as well a bouquet in the mirror.
as the moon shines over the docile waters,
so too is the girl never clearer.

but really, however much you furrow your brow,
i cry for you in solemn moments.

to live

walk, young men, among the flowers,
and know the width and span of your lovers,

when soon enough comes the time,
your lines will fall slient and plodding
and the flower of your youth will wilt.

the confusing truth of childhood
become lies so clearly understood

as the rook moves just in front
the brunt of your efforts remain
focused on your glass bead collection.

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it’s amazing how being interrupted can really just destroy the flow of words.
now i’m kind of bumped up a level, and out of the deep.

hmm… more later.