Quickly, now


in learning how to live
the jungle becomes lush
soft-bellied bird landing
through the trees comes a voice
look who comes to visit!
with that light comes vision

what is in that vision?
now the broadcast is live
and in person. visit
your love in garden lush
gift them with your soft voice
cherry petals landing

softly all around, landing
pink before your vision
like pink snow. lift your voice
joyfull to be alive
cherry blossom pink flush
visits your snow white cheeks

like angels, in visit-
ation, realization landing
like thorns amid the lush
bleeds away gloom from vision
learning what it means to live
truly, and speak in voices

clear and strong, loud pure voice
bring that gift when you visit
the one only you live
borne in arms strong, landing
completing epic vision
even the dust seems lush

so what if they blush
or lie with their voices
bring darkness to vision
remember our visits
gear down, prepare for landing
this is what it means to live

god doesn’t come to visit
every garden is lush

coming home is like landing
this song is in every voice

live the fire in your heart
eyes are useless without vision


a sestina after the prompt at https://imprompt.wordpress.com/2020/07/29/last-call/ May you learn to live, quickly now. And by you, i also mean me. Thank you for reading.

added to the pantry https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/2020/08/writers-pantry-31-here-comes-august.html?m=1


19 thoughts on “Quickly, now

  1. The conclusion of this poem reminds me that often I am deluded because I tend to see what is, and not what can be. In that respect, my eyes are useless—no vision.

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  2. This is such a brilliant and expertly wrought sestina, Eric! šŸ’ I especially like; “like angels, in visitation, realization landing like thorns amid the lush bleeds away gloom from vision learning what it means to live truly.” You inspire me šŸ˜€

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  3. so my technique for this sestina was to lay out the words where they appear for all the stanzas, then i built bridges from one to the next. this felt like i was merely threading words, like popcorn on a string for the christmas tree. only in the last bit did things start coming together.

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    1. That’s a fascinating approach. I usually write the first verse and then have to figure out where it will take me, which sometimes means a bit of a rewrite of first verse before I can proceed much further. With your technique, where do the original words come from? Do you have some idea of theme or subject before you begin? Is there some other connection between the words you choose? Or do you simply look for wonderful words, jot them down in the random order they occur to you and go from there?

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