Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Blood


First Blood

If you must cut me,
do the job with crystal.
Let ruby gemfire
lick (then burn)
your litany of
leavings
on my palm.

Take
me
down.

Triangulate your
heart into my
upturned hands.

Press firmly.

Draw first blood,
and don’t forget
the roses.

30 comments:

Gail said...

This touched me...each piece has such a unique style, you are always a pleasure to visit!

Donna said...

You are such a word artist that sometimes it's above me, I'm afraid. It's a beautiful work nonetheless.

Brian Miller said...

interesting verse sue...if you must cut me....i like the confidence in the rest of it, in your voice...well done...

DCW said...

Excellent! I felt that.

jen said...

Ew. Picture successfully painted.
Ew.

ninotaziz said...

I loved this. Full of bravado - you sound like a wizard from days gone by.

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes...do it with class...

Kathe W. said...

well done-excellent style.

Laurie Kolp said...

Ahh... this is amazing and I love the music.

jabblog said...

Love should be all-encompassing, not bland - well said.

Leovi said...

Delightful poem, I love it.

izzy said...

Wow blood- heart- I never got that until others brought it up! Thanks.

manicddaily said...

Yes, I agree very touching. It felt to me like the voice of the tree as well as person. K.

Wayne Pitchko said...

really like this Sue....thanks for sharing your words

anitamombanita said...

oh wow! that's such an interesting sculpture and I love what you did with it! very dramatic.

yaya said...

This took my breath away...I could feel the power of the words and I wonder what inspired the poem? Great pic to go with it too. A little different than what I'm used to reading from you! You've got a little bit of steal beneath that sweet Sue face!

Cherie said...

That picture is mesmerizing and the words definately went with it well!

Grandma Honey said...

I also wonder what inspired this poem. I read it once, and then again with the music. Wow!

Other Mary said...

I especially like the phrase, 'Triangulate your
heart'
that's so fresh and unexpected. I like the whole thing too...it's a gem!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

excellent! i really felt this.

lovely photos as well:)

Claudia said...

wow..intense imagery here...the pressed heart..and the cutting and burning..wow

Helen said...

As others have commented, this is a powerful bit of writing .. 'take me down' is my favorite line.

Linda said...

Artistry in instruction.... a lovely write. Thank you Sue.

Daydreamertoo said...

Ouch... words do cut at times, don't they. Great piece from the picture.

Berowne said...

Views 'n Muse... Come meet mine.

Doctor FTSE said...

Well constructed Magpie. Thanks for sharing.

Little Nell said...

This is actually quite chilling. I liked the reminder not to forget the roses at the end which seemed to soften it.

Nicholas V. said...

Lovely take on this image. And a last line that is to die for!

Eva Gallant said...

Excellent!

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent indeed!

Anna :o]

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