Thursday, July 5, 2012

Last night, of the tyger

random street art

weathermen make poor liars, cooler weather?
it was 104 by 2:30 PM & 92 in the house after dark
too hot for sex,

we lay on the bed, sans clothes
beside each other as sheets lose their cool
on our backsides, allowing only the tips
of our fingers to touch

puruṣa-vyāghra, my thoughts, my hands
the soft dip of flesh by the bone of your hip, bush
of my beard tickling kiss

'did you cry today?' she asks, but i didn't,
not wanting to waste precious water
and she shares hers, this morning in the car
on the way to the cooling station

i crank the handle on the radio again, hear
promises of a break in the heat ~ an update
on power outages - 20,000 residences still in the city,
10(K) more in the county & resigned

lay back down, behind closed eyes
dream the night sky tears, crackling, pfizzling
in red, white & blue brilliance, grass
green between toes & undesiccated, of tulips,
of cool springs called forth from the mountains

nothing touching but our finger tips
in the best love we never made

until pre-dawn, light shatters the dark,
my eyes open on yours and in wondrous wet tears
the tyger roars once more,
'Good Morning!'

Day 7 - We have power! It is a beautiful thing. There are still many without, the numbers above reflect the stats for our area. My parents have been told Monday for theirs to return. puruṣa-vyāghra is sanskrit...

62 comments:

Mary said...

One

Mary said...

So glad you have power again, Brian! Sometimes we take for granted what we have until we are without. It can be a long night in the dripping heat. You made the most of it!! Now may it cool down for you and so many. (We reached 102 yesterday and will again today. Unusual for us.)

manicddaily said...

Well, first, Brian - you are someone who always has power - if of words and perception if nothing else!

You have electricity too! That said, I'm glad you have the kind that operates fridges now.

This is actually one of my favorite poems of yours. So tender. I know those too-hot sheets and mattresses having lived for years without A/C and having traveled in India! (I still actually don't use it as I just can't bear the closed-in feeling.)

But lovely poem and so glad you guys have a break from this at last. k.

izzy said...

We love the choices electricity brings! unscripted, spontaneous-Cool-
Yes ! So glad you get the refreshing gratitude :)

Laurie Kolp said...

YEAH!! I'm so glad!

nothing touching but our finger tips
in the best love we never made

That's beautiful, Brian... and I love this emotive piece.

DJan said...

Finally! It did seem to be a long time, but still, it evoked this wonderful poems. I love this one, especially... Been there in the heat, done that with the fingertips. You captured it perfectly.

Brandee Shafer said...

Let me tell you something, Brother: it was worth it, your suffering, for this poem. Glad you've got your power back, though. We were blessed, here (30 minutes west of Richmond). Power flickered but never really went out.

Susan said...

"'did you cry today?' she asks,"

What a beautiful question! Even if it is just about the level of water in your body. Touching fingers, yes. In "Cocoon" it was just the gaze--but each time is the best, truly . . .

I am in Love with this Poem and the Intimacy within it. It is a Holy poem, a love poem, a we-are-in-this-together poem. Oh, my!

Glad your electric power is back too.

CiCi said...

You must all be so grateful to have power. You can be proud of yourselves for enduring and maintaining some semblance of your normal life.

I could feel your tiredness as you tread water so to speak.

Pat Hatt said...

Awesome you have power back
Now you can get the AC going at your shack
And then the best you never made
Will surely fade..LOL

Slamdunk said...

Glad to hear you are connected to the grid again Brian. I think those temps put a damper on just about every productive activity.

Heather said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love this - what a beautiful piece...you guys made it through! cheers to that!

JANU said...

All the basic amenities we take for granted without which life becomes miserable...beautifully captured....Man among tigers!

Steve E said...

"Let there be light"

Or, in darkness...
"Let there be cool"...

"Who gives the power can take it away..." (--steveroni--grin!)

Brian, you have the light, power, and you ARE a 'cool' cat!

Gloria said...

Im happy you have power again; nice!!
Beauty poem Brian!:)

Gloria said...

I forget: of course I love the cupcake art! Awesome!

Shammickite said...

We rely far too much on electriczizzity methinks.

kaykuala said...

Brian,
We're now even! Thank goodness! Am glad it's all over.It's more than just holding hands now! Life's back to normal. On hindsight, congrats! You had taken it very well and happily kept us posted on developments.That's adjustment and facing trying times at its best!

Hank

SueAnn Lommler said...

Wonderful!!!! Woot!!!
It is truly amazing when all the things we think we need to communicate is stripped away. We have wonderful non verbal correspondence.
Hugs
SueAnn

Eva Gallant said...

Loved this....especially "nothing touching but our finger tips
in the best love we never made".

Glad you got power back!

hedgewitch said...

Some great lines(best love we never made) and tension in this, and the cooling images--one can think them, but the body has a thermostat grounded in abysmal reality, I think. Glad the tyger's back, and the A/C and the internet, too.

Tara Miller said...

I so enjoy seeing our life moments through your eyes and words. A poem full of love and togetherness through anything and everything.

----A girl needs a good cry every now and then! ;)

AmyLK said...

So happy you have power again! I can't believe how long it took them! Now let's hope for cooler weather without another devastating storm.

TALON said...

Hooray! It must feel wonderful to have power back.

This poem was sensual and soft and sexy and beautiful, Brian.

Stephanie said...

Wow! So glad you have power again. It's so hot around here I can't imagine even a few hours without A/C

Kulio said...

I like "sheets lose their cool" and I'm so so glad you have power again - what a feeling of gratitude you must be having this morning!

ayala said...

So happy you have the power back! I love the tenderness of this ... " nothing touching but our finger tips in the best love we never made." :)

Fred Rutherford said...

Glad you finally got your power on, too hot for sex? You know that's freakin bad, about as good a description one could give for the torment. Nice twist there at the end, and the sanskrit was a nice touch as well, although i don't know it, I'm going to look it up in a moment or two. Nice write. Thanks

Myrna R. said...

Great! So glad there's more comfort in your life. I love how you chronicle the last night of lights out. What can be a merely frustrating time, you convert into lovely poetry. What a gift you have.

turtlememoir said...

power, yes!! as for the weathermen, i wonder sometimes if they know anything more than the rest of us... only they get paid more for the not knowing (cynical? who, me?) ;)
loved the poem, somehow i found this specially poignant:
"'did you cry today?' she asks, but i didn't,
not wanting to waste precious water"

Anna Montgomery said...

O tiger among human beings! Bit of synchronicity as I am researching Shaktism for a painting and seriously considering converting :). This is tender, intimate, and beautiful, engendering the depth of connection possible within committed relationships. Wonderful.

Mama Zen said...

I am so glad that you have power again! I know that it has been a miserable experience.

Poet Laundry said...

Emotive and intimate, I really enjoy the ebb and flow of this piece!

Tabor said...

Such a tragedy to be without in this heat. It is dangerous for many. Most now have power in our area. Hubby an I are heading to Canada for some cooler weather...and wouldn't you know that the highs in our area are supposed to drop to the high 80s!!! Great timing.

Lorraine said...

my gosh wow I can't imagine living trough the heat we've been having without AC...still Love how you wrote it, I would have gone for swearing and sweating and swearing

JStar said...

Love it Brian! Everyone around me was without power for TOO MANY days, and some STILL without...Mine did blink a few times but God blessed me! He spared me knowing I JUST went grocery shopping and would have been unable to replinish...

JeannetteLS said...

The poem was miracle enough, but the news at the end made me so glad for you. And your parents will have respite too now, I know.

May you celebrate. May the boys revel in just being home. Yay.

Becca said...

So glad you have power back. You should remember....weather is an inexact science so weathermen are often wrong!!

Daydreamertoo said...

Hooray for having your power back on. I hope everyone else who lost it is soon back on too.
Loved all of this but in particular this: 'Touching fingertips, the best love we never made' :)

Claudia said...

so much closeness in this.. for me it has the feeling of being safely together on an island while the world around shakes a bit - love the use of sanskrit as well

Tracie Skarbo said...

I am so glad you have power again... but if I am honest, I too am glad you went without. Because it gifted this poem out of you. Brilliant!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

It's really awful that the storms happened to be during the worst heat wave of the summer. :(

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"until pre-dawn, light shatters the dark,my eyes open on yours and in wondrous wet tears the tyger roars once more,'Good Morning!"

Hi! Brian...
Your very poetic words are very descriptive and once again, you have captured a very human emotion that each and every one Of have or will experience in our lives...

things that effect are lives and is beyond our control...and

[The emotion one feel when things return to normal...]
"Day 7 - We have power! It is a beautiful thing."

I agree, with you and Tks, for sharing the image...too!
deedee ;-D

Heaven said...

I am happy to see that power is back in your home. Funny how we take for granted a lot of things until its taken away from us.

Love the gentleness of hands, the snapshot of the city about to take a breather from the heat, and dreams of night sky and tulips ~

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

...By the way, Here's hoping that your parents' power return soon...too!

Kristina said...

Nice write...you got some stuff out of that power outage huh, but I know you're glad to have it back on.

Daniel said...

Ah this was sweet for multiple reasons. I celebrate with you from my end. Blessings.

Sue said...

Hurray!

=D

Margaret said...

...the best love we never made.

So glad the electricity is on... and to think the mountains are cooler than the rest of the area! But I see you kept your sense of humor ;)

Mrsupole said...

I am so glad your electricity is back on. I think about three or four years ago ours went out a few days before Christmas and still off a few days after. I think we were luckier in that we had a fireplace to heat the family room and put a lot of blankets on the bed. We gave most of our food away and because the chest freezer in the garage was not opened up during those days the food stayed frozen due to the cold weather. We lived in the last area of the city to get it back on and everywhere else had electricity just not us. Strange grid they have out here.

But next month it will go up into the 110 to 115 each day and they will start those rolling blackouts, oh how much I hate those. Menopause and heat do not mix well.

And you know that you have to keep your fingertips to yourself because you probably have the sexiest fingertips out there right now.

I too hope your mom and dad get their electricity back on this coming Monday. We are just too dependent upon these companies for too much, and also nature destroys at times.

I think you are right about how you could have used any of this weeks posts for this weeks Theme Thursday but I like this one about love between you two.

God bless.

^.^ said...

... so lovely, B ... Love, cat.

Pat said...

This is beautiful.

So glad you have power. I can't imagine not having a/c in this heat!

poeticlicensee said...

Hooray! for electricity...

sheila said...

Are you cool as a cat now? Glad you got your power back - I can't even imagine! Beautiful poem, made me tear up.

lucychili said...

it is winter here.
the cool will return =)

lifeisaroadtrip said...

Glad to hear you are back online! However, I think "the best love we never made" is one of the finest lines I have ever read.

Joyce Lansky said...

Heat sure is upon us. We watched a baseball game in 106* weather.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

Goofball said...

finger tip love making... so romantic

missing moments said...

I love this ... filled with such love.
And the words "nothing touching but our finger tips
in the best love we never made"
Awesome!

Magpie said...

I've been catching up with your posts and going backward in time. Congratulations on the power!!

Stafford Ray said...

Sometimes I envy people who live where they experience all four seasons, but after following your travails, maybe not any more! I also think you two have a special love.

teri said...

Amazing this lack of power-(we have neighbors who just got theirs back yesterday)can drain us of ours. You capture this brilliantly and intimately.