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arcadian angels~~co-written with Lee Uhen for the Beat challenge

by Kimberly Bare

Adventurous angels are waiting in these arms
Watching through frosted windows at the snow’s quiet charm

      last night's straylight,
     daylight's son
     glows white, snow bright,
     crystalline
     late night, new moon's
     silent sigh,
     breaks light's soft flight
     through the morn


Iridescent flakes float and dance without a care
Lifted by tufts of breath to pirouette upon the air

     water stars for patterns
     or the angels and the trees,
     low bent, heat went
     singing holi-daze-ical,
     downright dripping
     through the green


These eyes are filled with childlike wonder and wish
While dreams of sleds and steaming cocoa rise through the mist

     slipping through old
     woodwork
     wearing age stamps
     holding out against the
     chill gasps
     aeolus long exhales


The wintry winds blow loose the shutters of time
And I’m once again five years old in this mind

     needles slowburn,
     warmscent sped through
     home-hearth,
     red brick,
     blue smoke,
     hands chapped,
     arms wrapped tight in wool,
     dad's hat tassel,
     red, drooping low
     eyesmiles shine fire,
     turning slow


Cottony coverings stretch out like endless sea
These arms open joyfully as setting angels free

12/20/2003

Posted on 12/21/2003
Copyright © 2022 Kimberly Bare

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Agnes Eva on 12/21/03 at 06:30 PM

really evokes the red-cheeked childhood wonder of the season, and moreover the sparkle of snow. i love the nostalgic twist achieved with "dad's hat tassle.."

Posted by Max Bouillet on 12/22/03 at 08:18 PM

Awesome collaboration. I take it as the scene followed by the emotions that are tied to each scene. Exceptionally well crafted. I made the same comment over on Lee's posting of the poem. Great read.

Posted by Lauren Singer on 02/01/04 at 02:22 AM

wow this is quite incredible.

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