Deep in the vein of jam,
there is the sun, locked in
memory, how it coaxed hard,
green fruit into soft and red, then
bristled it all over with seeds, and
the tiny hairs that protected this
investment until the berry
was picked, cooked,
Deep in the blood, there is the
sound, a sluicing rhythm you can’t
hear, except late at night when you are
alone, or may as well be, your partner
sleeping, unable to tell you that the noise
doesn’t mean you’re going to die, which
is, of course, the greatest falsehood
love ever tells.
For NaBloPoMo and PAD Challenge, Day 23 (prompt: a deep poem).
2 thoughts on “Depths”
Deep, indeed! I enjoy how the vivid images of the berry in Part I transition to the subject of mortality in Part II. A compact gem, like a ruby (or a raspberry).
Thank you, Jennifer! I kept trying to insert another stanza, but I liked it better with these two. The first is kind of berry-shaped.