Saturday, July 28, 2012

Poetics: Dans le halo de la lune

earring on asphalt


2.6 million people do not have toilet access, so perhaps
it's odd i consider foreign language as i sit here

in the mirror, over my shoulder,
a woman extends slender fingers of her left hand
to cats with rough tongues

 dress, form fitting her light figure
flows below the chalice, a tinge of pink---dogs
gather at her ankles-long haired & playful,
their tongues restrained, yet tails erect,
her right hand bids them calm

what is it she has, all the animals seek
on Rue des Moulins?

 i can not read the rest the framed poster offers,
something sanatorium, but sanity is---

her hair is pulled back, faux short, creased
by a band adorned with a flower over the ear

one cat stretches a forepaw, down
her shoulder toward a breast, each digit flexed

my books sit dangerous on the precipice
of the jacuzzi tub, where we made love
moonlight streaming through the window
setting the water aglow- all the jets & bubbles,
memories live in my thighs
tight still from water resistance

in this, i understand the dogs fevered wagging
the angled eyed cats---all wanting
& run a finger along the long smooth handle
that withholds eau, anxious to slosh, once more
to froth & roil

but bite back desire, take my things & meet
 you at the car----for fifteen hours, the hum of tires
 on asphalt, like cats & dogs gather
 in thoughts of you, haloed par la lune

Over at dVerse Poets today, Anna is taking us on another journey into weird words or other languages....should be fun. We decided to stop halfway home last night so this morning I am still traveling but will def be home by 3 pm when she opens the pub. 

The framed poster in the bathroom of the vacation home we stayed in was Clinque Che'ron by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen...the title of my poem hopefully translates to 'in the halo of the moon',
par la lune in the end 'by the moon', eau 'water'

58 comments:

the walking man said...

My doctor is pretty and lovely too, but if she looked like the drawn image in the advertisement for the veterinary clinic I too might wish to be a dog just to be petted in that fashion instead of poked in the usual way.

the walking man said...

Oh yeah make the rest of the trip safely

Dave King said...

my books sit dangerous on the precipice
of the jacuzzi tub, where we made love
moonlight streaming through the window
setting the water aglow- all the jets & bubbles,
memories live in my thighs
tight still from water resistance

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this stanza - for all sorts of reasons!

Daniel said...

Good morning. Thanks for the piece that danced across my mind and lifted me up just a bit.

manicddaily said...

My stanza same as Dave King's--a lovely morning feel to this, quiet in the mind. Have a safe trip. k.

Grace said...

An interesting word choice and framed poster image ~

I also like the tub scene ~

Have a safe trip home ~

izzy said...

J'adore rue des Moulins- !
I have Chat Noir, on my kitchen chimney- & The moon fits of course-
your opening line is like waking up suddenly! enjoy the trip home-

Susan said...

I looked at the rather innocent poster and wondered how you got here from there!
"in this, i understand the dogs fevered wagging
the angled eyed cats---all wanting
& run a finger along the long smooth handle
that withholds eau, anxious to slosh, once more
to froth & roil"
But you do this in a way unique to your world and its passions and then you give us, thank God, this gorgeous evocative moving glimpse of an abundant life come alive in each detail of the environment. Never stop.

JANU said...

Seductively delightful read.

CiCi said...

Amazing how you view posters and other pictures and artwork. You are such a romantic. Women everywhere probably want you to give classes to their men. You would be rich!

Syd said...

Nothing like a vacation, man. Enjoy and stay in the moment of bliss.

happygirl said...

run a finger along the long smooth handle that withholds eau,

hmmmm. I believe I know what you are saying here. :)

Pat Hatt said...

Well as long as the cats and dogs weren't snip snip
I'm sure they really want the humpty hump trip
For the bliss was had
And that many without loos is just sad
I hope they at least have tp
Or that must be agony haha

Paula Wooters said...

Animal magnetism at it's finest!

Monkey Man said...

your words dance my friend, taking our minds along with them....bravo

Daydreamertoo said...

How romantic. I agree with so many comments. The Jacuzzi stanza steals the show for me too. Thank goodness for stop-overs :) Glad your boots didn't fall in ;)
Safe journey the rest of the way.
Lovely painting too (btw)

Myrna R. said...

Tres beau.

Such a sexy language, French. I've forgotten most of it, though I spoke it once.

Glad you enjoyed your vacation, in spite of the loss of your job. I've been thinking of you. Take good care.

Heather said...

safe travels home!

Betsy Brock said...

glad to hear your vaca is full of fun of all kinds...with the kids and not for kids. lol...

safe travels...

Lorraine said...

He bien! tres impressionant,miaou

Gloria said...

nice Brian! Hope you have a safe travel to return home sweet home!

Susan Daniels said...

Brian, this is gorgeous. I love the animals, how they adore this woman, and the way you express passion in physical memory. Very well done.

Claudia said...

love how you describe the woman with all the details..don't laugh but i could feel the rough cat tongues when i read this...smiles...very tender and intimate feel to it as well..nice..glad you arrived safely back home..smiles

vivinfrance said...

The visual images you conjure up in this poem are mind-blowing. A lot to savour here.

Mary said...

Dave king quoted my fav part. I am glad you made it safely home, Brian. I am beginning to miss home too. Always good to travel but home is gold.

chromapoesy.com said...

Of course the books would be precariously perched by the jacuzzi :). This is fantastically alive, filled with your excellent eye for detail and the absurd contrasts of life. Wonderful!

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Ah cats and ladies...in England I could now so offend with an innocent double entendre ;-)

Yousei Hime said...

I'll confess to just waking from a nap when I opened my email to read this. I thought the bathroom the setting for the entire poem until about halfway through. Rereading until my sleep-slugged brain finally hit 4th gear...erotic and fun (funny during my dream state). I didn't see this prompt until just before reading you poem. Still I have something up that uses rather unusual words. Love your thoughts on it.

Daydreamertoo said...

It's a real word if you go here:
scroll down look at a box on the right and you can click to actually here it...LOL Got you stumped eh! >..LOL

Alice Audrey said...

What a sensual tour of languages.

Nancy said...

Always a treat to stop by here.

Charles Miller said...

Wherher in the language of love or the language of the moment, you put us into the interplay between world and words. You are masterful in the way that you interweave the emotions and images that might otherwise fly by unnoticed. In doing so, we your readers engage the world anew, knowing that words make us who we are too.

punnypalaver said...

Halo of the moon--ephemeral and lyrical. Romantic poem--interesting poster for a bathroom, but makes for good poetry and memories

KB said...

The things we think of while sitting in the bathroom...

Safe trip home.

myheartslovesongs said...

love the hint of sexuality...

plus i'm a sucker for French. {smile}

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Wonderful use of language and wonderful imagery, as always.

kaykuala said...

Brian,
Nice use of the French words at the right places. It makes for more sophisticated reading.


Hank

Polly said...

I so enjoy the way you place your words, Brian. Great use of language :)

Nessa said...

Your poems are always filled - full of layers of experience and sensation. They linger on my mind.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Wow! A bit of a tour de force!

Tara Miller said...

Ahh yes, memories of a wonderful vacation my love...

SueAnn Lommler said...

Oh yes....what wonderful memories. And I love the way you shared them.
Well done Brian
Hugs
SUeAnn

annell said...

Beautifully done, "tender."

Laurie Kolp said...

Sounds like you had a very relaxing vacation... = )

Vicki Lane said...

I love the implied tension in the words.

Vicki Lane said...

I love the implied tension in the words.

Magpie said...

Well, well...try to keep your mind on the road and travel safely. :)

Charity said...

way to find the poetic, on the road, safe travels, and may you continue to spot the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Uneven Stephen said...

"In the halo of the moon" - that's beautiful. Great job with the prompt, sprinkling in the French words with ease. I love this part:

"my books sit dangerous on the precipice
of the jacuzzi tub, where we made love
moonlight streaming through the window
setting the water aglow- all the jets & bubbles,
memories live in my thighs
tight still from water resistance"

lifeisaroadtrip said...

You never cease to impress me..blah blah blah...I say it so much I bet that's what it sounds like to you. But books and a hot tub...ahhh...that seems perfect.

jane hewey said...

tres bon, poete! please see accents graves.
I appreciate your connection between lack of toilet access and the abundance of water (and plumbing) when it comes to jacuzzis. moonlight streaming, ahhh la luna. fortunately, moonlight streams even in places with no toilet access.

adan said...

almost a delirium in this, or is it just me reading into your long journey back home?

either way, an interesting read with all kinds of possibilities in the meanings, need a few readings ;-)

"what is it she has, all the animals seek
on Rue des Moulins?"

must be some of it in your lines -

rest when you get home ;-)

ds said...

Simply, utterly beautiful.
Hope you had a safe trip home.

lucychili said...

it is strange to be raw alive and between worlds at the same time. best wishes for your continuing journey.

thejuliebook said...

Ah, Brian, another great piece! Once again, you made me laugh out loud, nod in agreement, smile, and feel touched by the love you have for your wife. Thanks for your feedback on mine as well--happy to hear I hit my targets, or perhaps I should say, got a couple of strikes. :)

Fred Rutherford said...

very cool. The choice to subtlety use your inspiration from the prompt, sprinkles the piece with an additional type of flavor, without taking the piece over itself. Fantastic write. The opening stanza, where you weigh the societal situation and the contemplation on foreign language is really strong. Thanks

Sharp Little Pencil said...

I totally punked out on this challenge, Brian. Ironic, since my Spanish is quite good. The longing of the animals... the animal longing of the speaker... beautifully realized poem, Brian! Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2012/07/27/bleed-warning-precedes-poem/

Sue said...

C'est formidable!

=)