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by Kathleen Wilson

enraptured
woody vine to branch
lush clamoring
adjectives
moistly glued cling
festooning the upright
exoticism of nouns

where sudden rain soaks through
silk moss green
lingering
bromeliad adverbial blooms
into the crevices of your smiles
who could distinguish you from me
in this canopy

where sierra palms
along upland slopes
and cloud forest mountains
slender and slightly tapered
wild parrots
culture your taste
for my shiny thin-fleshed fruit

by river loud in loud wind creaking
rare simultaneously swooning
bamboo by muskwood's dense
widely spreading crown
flamboyant-tree
arches shadows over orchid
and fern nested in trumpet-wood

the white upturning
of the undersides
signify another downfall
while conjunctive
symbiotic strands
plan a slide down or climb up
your spreading proproots

oh overgrown emergent
all is told
prepositionally flared
one to another
epyphitically perching
in a rush of tropically
silenced words

04/30/2007

Author's Note: Published in the first issue of Shakespeare's Monkey Revue, Vol 1, issue 1 June, 2007.

Posted on 05/01/2007
Copyright © 2017 Kathleen Wilson

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 05/01/07 at 03:39 AM

Yeah, I'd definitely say you're getting some good material out of the experience. Fantastic read.

Posted by Michael Faraday on 05/02/07 at 04:59 AM

I concur. Great read! m

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 05/02/07 at 09:22 PM

Oh, this read was a tangible experience. Wonderful!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/04/07 at 10:04 AM

your language and rhythms have an intrigue and a mystery about them. they are not your run of the mill. they are seemingly hewn of a great chunks of the imagination and its willingness to take part, participatory to this wonderful dance which you dance with nature. and nature has never had a better dancing partner.

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 05/04/07 at 03:00 PM

There is beauty and awe in your words as you weave such visual vocabulary into this landscape. It is lush, clever and unique in style. Exotic. smh

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 05/04/07 at 08:59 PM

I can not only imagine the scene, I can also picture you walking about with a note-pad; jotting down the name of, or sketching the likeness of a particular plant or animal that catches your eye for future reference. I picture you as the hunter-gatherer of information prior to penning this master-work. Marvelous! =)

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 05/04/07 at 10:46 PM

I'm with Paul. This is most excellent!

Posted by Katerina T Nix on 05/05/07 at 11:32 AM

"by river loud in loud wind creaking rare simultaneously swooning bamboo by muskwood's dense widely spreading crown flamboyant-tree arches shadows over orchid and fern nested in trumpet-wood" I really love this stanza. Such beautiful words, Kathleen. Well done. -Kat oxo

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 05/07/07 at 09:20 AM

I love the islands of the Carribean and I was visualizing my own lush experiences as you wrote in exquisite detail the smiles of the bromelaids and the orchisd that hide amonf the crooks of the trees or on the floor among the leaves. I once had a side orchid business just for their beauty more than profit and this reminded me of how much I miss them all. Alas, I had to seel them since we are moving to Sitzerland... Beautiful Kathleen...again!!!

Posted by Shirin Swift on 05/08/07 at 01:13 AM

A gorgeous, luscious & engulfing read, tracing clues to the universe; and I can definitely feel tropical blossoms under my feet in this one!

Posted by Sarah Graves on 05/08/07 at 03:12 AM

Kathleen, what a delight this was to read. You really bring the reader into your world, as a visitor of course. Since I can only visit your conveyance of what you your eyes see. The first stanza brings me into how you feel about the awe of what you're writing about, that the "exoticism of nouns," is how you must reach. And let me tell you, you have reached it...

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 05/12/07 at 07:42 AM

well i'm...speechless..:0

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