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Poetry Friday: Lava and Sand by Hester Knibbe

February 16th, 2018 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix

The soil I'm walking over comes

from deeper: a fire had done it in,
a stewpot had suddenly popped
and its contents streamed
out wave over wave until
it reached the water, until the sea
called it a day and struck back

with a counterwave. Stony nightblack
dreambarren land where tawny
thyme wrestles up and thistle is stitched
to every bare thing. Over this malevolence
I carry you in me,
sevenmonths deadchild, out to the sea

- Lava and Sand by Hester Knibbe, translated by Jacquelyn Pope

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Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: February 17th, 2018 10:30 pm (UTC)

Fascinating way to describe a lava flow!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 18th, 2018 02:41 am (UTC)

Dark and beautiful.

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: February 18th, 2018 01:35 am (UTC)
favorite line

I love the line tawny thyme wrestles up and thistle is stitched to every bare thing--I am always amazed at how plants to cling to life in the most precarious of places.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 18th, 2018 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: favorite line

Strong and fragile simultaneously.

Posted by: Jone MacCulloch (JoneMac53)
Posted at: February 19th, 2018 04:40 pm (UTC)

The images in this poem are striking. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2018 06:29 pm (UTC)

Thanks for commenting!

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