Vignettes from Galatia

A Poem By Hannah D. // 4/29/2014

I. Self-Control
The window let light
Fall onto the hospital bed
And the sleeping patient stirred.
* * *
She felt nothing.
She heard nothing.
Only then, seconds later, she felt a drip
And saw in two clear streams
Crimson liquid oozing down her ankle.

Then the rattle
And the realization
As a diamond shaped skull slid away
Dragging its slender scaled chain behind it.

Every ounce of her
Wanted to scream
But the venom was already spreading.
Suddenly, her veins' pulse slowed.

No sound, no motion
No show of emotion
But with long, low breaths she made it back.
Three days after unconscious struggling through deep waters -
Now she has turned to the window again.

II. Gentleness
Asleep, under the stars,
Three speckled wide-eyed
Coahoma cubs -
Curled up, noses tucked
Into each other's fur.
Then Mother returns
To nestle beside them,
Her huge paw carefully
Set over them both.

III. Faithfulness
In the blinding mornings,
Blazing afternoons, and evenings, slow to rid themselves
Of oppressive heat -
The tree stands tall
Her boughs reaching far
Bejeweled in velveted patches of leaves.

IV. Goodness
Surrounded by thorns
Crowned by the leaves
Rinsed, warmed in the light,
Plump to the touch, glistening black,
Plucks easily off for popping in mouths;
Not low, in the dust of the trails all trodden -
Not shriveled and hard in the blistering summer -
Not far out of reach, enveloped in knives -
But wholesome and rich and delighting the senses
Giving purples stained fingers and bursting with juice.

V. Kindness
when the days are long and languid
when it is impossible to flee from the heat
a single cloud
of enormous expanse
releases little drops of cool, wet beads

VI. Patience
The night
Was silent
As cats and foxes preyed
But the first glimmer of dawn
Now shines anew
And the poppies in the field
(Shut tight as they wait in the dark)
Now dare to open - a petal here, and then
Its neighbor follows - by the time
The sun is clad
In all his pomp and jewels,
Each golden blossom is erect and open
For the day.

VII. Peace
Her eyes and ears are large and soft
Under the Manzanita, where her spotted fawn lies.
Her ears fold back
As her nuzzle brushes his,
And the fawn, no bigger than a jackrabbit
Shifts from his shaded bed and stands,
Leaning against her knee.

VIII. Joy
The forest laughs
Like a spirited nymph
Of Greece, or dryad of Celtic lore -
And she laughs through the ribbons
That finger their way
Between foliage thick enough to keep them hidden.
The silver streams murmur and chat all at once
And erupt into giggles as they fall.
Round rocks or crannies; in summer heat, or snow,
They maintain their imperishable wit.

IX. Love
Arm in arm
Hands in hands
Little ones in laps
Eyes on the setting sun
Thoughts on the One who created it
And who gave them each other.

Comments

Oh my goodness, Hannah!

Patience gave me chills! Wow, wow, wow. It's so...almost powerful, in the word choice you used. This was the one that stood out to me.
And Love, I like how's it's so simple and short and paints a lovely little picture.

Maddi | Thu, 05/01/2014

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

Well done!

These are very vivid... but I think my favorite is Kindness... I don't know what about it made me so intrigued... maybe the wording? It's lovely!

Kassady | Sun, 05/04/2014

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
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Write On!

:)

Your poetry is so amazing. I love how they are all meaningful. I read all of your other poems that you posted of late. I think there were three sets? I love how you did all the fruits of the spirits! Patience, Love, Kindness were my favorites.

You need to become a Monthly Writer.

Lucy Anne | Tue, 05/13/2014

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

You're all too kind - thank

You're all too kind - thank you so much!

Hannah D. | Tue, 05/13/2014

"Reason itself is a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all." - G. K. Chesterton

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