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Poetry Friday: Vow by Diana Khoi Nguyen

October 11th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Reign (Will I Still Be the Same?) by Luca Lush x JVNA

It will be windy for a while until it isn't. The waves will shoal. A red-legged
cormorant will trace her double along glassy water, forgetting they are hungry.
The sea will play this motif over and over, but there will be no preparing for it
otherwise. Water will quiver in driftwood. Sound preceding absence,
a white dog trailing a smaller one: ghost and noon shadow, two motes
disappearing into surf. And when the low tide comes lapping and clear, the curled
fronds of seaweed will furl and splay, their algal sisters brushing strands
against sands where littleneck clams feed underwater. Light rain will fall
and one cannot help but lean into the uncertainty of the sea. Bow: a knot
of two loops, two loose ends, our bodies on either side of this shore where we
will dip our hands to feel what can’t be seen. Horseshoe crabs whose blue
blood rich in copper will reach for cover, hinged between clouds and
sea. It will never be enough, the bull kelp like a whip coiling in tender hands,
hands who know to take or be taken, but take nothing with them: I will marry you.
I will marry you. So we can owe what we own to every beautiful thing.

- Vow by Diana Khoi Nguyen

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Comments

Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: October 11th, 2019 07:05 pm (UTC)

Speaking of the variations of the sea can be an endless love song, as this seems meant to be. It's lovely.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 11th, 2019 07:12 pm (UTC)

The sea can be so lovely!

Posted by: Catherine Flynn (flynn_catherine)
Posted at: October 11th, 2019 07:59 pm (UTC)
Vow

The images in this poem are so vivid, I'm standing at the edge of the surf, watching "the curled fronds of seaweed...furl and splay." Thank you for sharing this gorgeous poem!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 11th, 2019 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Vow

It makes me want to visit the shoreline!

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: October 13th, 2019 01:23 pm (UTC)
sea

Thank you for sharing this visit to the sea--it's so vivid.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 13th, 2019 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: sea

I love the sea.

Posted by: Laura Shovan (Laura Shovan)
Posted at: October 15th, 2019 12:31 pm (UTC)
Rich language

The language in this poem is gorgeous! I can visualize this image: A red-legged
cormorant will trace her double along glassy water.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 15th, 2019 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Rich language

It's so pretty.

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