I don’t do this enough – act as generous host to other poets, whether established or otherwise. Let’s rectify that, shall we? Today, I’m proud to offer this wonderful piece by good friend, Melissa Snyder Novak. I trust it takes you to similar places that it takes me.
In the summer of my soul,
the waves crash against
the jagged cliffs of memory.
My heart, burning sun-hot,
draws a mist of longing from these eyes.
All thought, suspended.
All desire, unfurled.
Along this rugged cliff walk journey,
the misshapen boulders line up –
leading me to places previously unknown,
down, deep-soul’d places.
I walk unsteady, uncertain, afraid, holding out hands
for you to guide me in mystic vision, sweet.
But, once again, you are gone.
Feet sink and slide in sand, and
I struggle to press on, breathe, know –
Will you be there when I arrive?
Will you meet me?
Will you help me see the small, shattered edge-stone pieces of shell
that wait for foot to fall?
Waves push, invite –
Will I let myself be swallowed by your sea?
Will I open to your crushing waters?
Excruciating, this pleasing thought of being overtaken by you,
In the summer of my soul, alas,
the deep darkness begins to rise,
even against the backdrop of midday sun.
Winter is making its return in me,
anxious to hurl over its blanket,
waiting to devour with nights, cold.
The thought delights.