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deep secret

by Kristina Woodhill

put your face close to mine, child,
this cool space we share

is a deep secret;
you have to want this -

like the comfortable worm
the sightless salamander

the occasional flap
of precise leathery wings

this is a place where
one arm drips gracefully down

meeting its mate reaching up,
each lazily writing from a different millennium,

their own creation stories
inevitably solidifying,

unconfused by light
or word,

needing

no re-write
no re-interpretation

06/22/2010

Author's Note: Lehman Caves, May 28, 2010

Posted on 06/22/2010
Copyright © 2019 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 06/22/10 at 08:29 PM

...kristina, what non-negotiable deal; horsehead in ones bed or not this is sweet, gentle description of an AWE-ful experience...delightful wording, i see it move, undulate as only stoney, limeys surfaces are wont to do...and you caught during a dos si do.

Posted by George Hoerner on 06/22/10 at 08:42 PM

Great write Kristina. I had to look up the caves as I have never heard of them before. Certainly mother nature writes far more slowly than we and so much more accurately and with so much more control than we have. Again great write.

Posted by A. Paige White on 06/23/10 at 12:10 AM

"one arm drips gracefully down meeting its mate reaching up, each lazily writing from a different millennium," is a fantastic interpretation of their solidified state. Like George, I'd never heard of them and had to look them up, too. You did with your words a wonderful justice to the images I found.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 06/23/10 at 08:09 PM

As usual, well written. You write with a passion that most people lack. I read it over and over and got alot out of it. Thank You!

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 06/24/10 at 02:36 AM

"you have to want this" ...anytime i hear something like this, i am sucked right in. one powerful line can drive the rest of an entire poem's momentum. good on you...LOVE IT.

Posted by Shirin Swift on 06/24/10 at 11:22 AM

very lovely & mythic

Posted by Therese Elaine on 06/25/10 at 12:20 AM

This cool, dark, wet tang of primordial and primitive and mythical implications, is absolutely one of your best...it conjures up the most fantastical images and sensory recall for me!!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 06/25/10 at 08:15 PM

Wonderful interpretation of an evolving cave.

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