Monday, July 26, 2010

Cuff Links
for Danielle

could write a poem about just that
about contact, that grip, that snatch

way we react to what is about to fall
or drop or to time you wish to keep
or someone to apprehend
getting away with something that's yours

I know that need, that act
need to hitch, that stitch in time
link to link someone to someone
to something, hands to cuff

some such implement, instrument
fingers though, a fist to make a grip

what I felt, had to respond to, turned
was arrest or its relative
hand laid upon me, hand upon an arm

who was it, what was it,
see what the matter was

all this about one split second
about what transpired in a second or two

can tell though when someone
has stepped out, stepped forth
separated herself from people generally

and become an individual
she is one and you are one

deeper meeting, encounter
than greetings generally

act that's affirmation, contact
this is like that woman and Christ

unlike the crowd, pressed
or pressing up against him
someone able to draw out
able to draw on what not just anyone can
drawn to, drawn from, drawn on

© Obediah Michael Smith, 2010
11:05 p.m. 25.07.10


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As long as men can read and eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee." I am so honored that this wonderful poem was inspired by me. You are such an incredible poet! You make ordinary words come alive and seem magical. I hope you continue writing your amazing poems and are able to teach the poetry class this summer!:)

Monday, December 06, 2010 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Obie Quiet said...

Everything you say inspires me so, DP, your words and gestures at me directed. Just these words from you, for which I had waited long, I must say, and a poem has been inspired which possibly surpassed this one you inspired initially. Amazing who is able to move us like the biggest, most mighty waves. Pretty lady, with your subtle ways, how phenomenal is your impact upon this poet.

Monday, December 06, 2010 6:17:00 PM  

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