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Poetry Friday: Search by Hester Knibbe

February 2nd, 2018 (06:00 am)
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Current Mood: content
Current Song: Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix

Wandered tonight through a city
as ruined as a body with broken
ribs and a bared heart. Looked for you

there with cookies in my pocket, searched
for a sigh, for movement in demolished
streets and alleys. Tonight

since I'd forgotten for a moment where you are,
I searched for you with hope in my bones.
But no matter how I lured you with my voice
and my eyes, walls of debris

grew up steadily around you, cellars seemed
to creep around you. I remained alone
with those cookies in my pocket
and kept calling and walking.

- Search by Hester Knibbe, translated by Jacquelyn Pope

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Posted by: Donna Smith (Donna Smith)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2018 02:05 pm (UTC)

Search is one of those poems you keep going back to gleaning more. Love it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2018 05:00 pm (UTC)

Agreed. And I hope s/he was found.

Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2018 05:57 pm (UTC)
discovery

I imagine quite a few things when reading this. There is hope in the continuing. That "you" can be self. And it can be a love unrequited. Thanks, it's new to me!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2018 08:56 pm (UTC)
RE: discovery
books

Ooh, nice interpretation!

Posted by: Carol Varsalona (cvarsalona)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2018 09:53 pm (UTC)
PF Post

The first stanza is a powerful opening.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2018 10:11 pm (UTC)
RE: PF Post
books

Agreed.

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: February 4th, 2018 12:58 am (UTC)
Search

This poem is filled with such yearning and sadness, but it is beautiful, too.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 4th, 2018 01:12 am (UTC)
RE: Search
books

Indeed. Sadly beautiful, and I'm holding onto the hope that s/he finds her/him.

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