Sunday, January 20, 2013

Our Hands

Another beautiful read by R.A.D. Stainforth...

Our hands

tiptoe sideways,
crawl together like starfish,

grab ― entwine whole,
all fleshy-pretzel and rope,

androgynous knot
pulled from your pocket,

patiently ungloved
and vulnerable, to kiss

one besotted finger at a time.


tk/January 2013


52 comments:

  1. I so admire your use of language in your poetry.

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  2. Oooh..."one besotted finger at a time" is so good!

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  3. That last line is amazing ~ Beautifully written ~

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  4. ..ah, crawl together like starfish...what a romantic visual Tess... the reading of R.A.D. is quite of a gesture...and he's pretty even with his pauses that counted 'bout 3 or 4 seconds... But i like the consistency in his tone...still & neat... smiles...

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    1. The pauses are what make this reading so powerful...as if he's sitting next to you...gathering his thoughts...

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    2. ..agree... so close to cam as if unaware he's being recorded... very natural like, as you said, he's sitting next to you...

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  5. How charming..I can feel the warmth, the love..this one just flows on...

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  6. Our hands

    tiptoe sideways,
    crawl together like starfish,

    ***

    patiently ungloved
    and vulnerable, to kiss

    one besotted finger at a time.

    Ordinary words become extraordinary with you Tess...

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  7. Your poetry of late has really tugged at my heartstrings. Beautiful...I feel like a voyeur, yet without guilt...

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  8. Great images here, and I love your choice of the words 'vulnerable' and 'besotted'.

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  9. Delicado,

    delicada trama no verso,
    quase linha da mão!

    Abraço, Tess

    Lb

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  10. so sensual and romantic- perfect for this image!

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  11. Good image Tess...I'll try to write a warm and fuzzy something to it later:-)

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  12. Besotted is such a wonderful word ... (almost time for 'Unpressed' to arrive!) Yes!

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  13. "Our hands tiptoe sideways..." Engaging and definitely enjoyable.

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  14. As always... Nice lines!.. Learned something new again here...

    JJRod'z

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  15. Beautiful, tender-- indelibly yours! xxxj

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  16. Evokes such a warm, fuzzy feeling, love it!

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  17. wow- warm fuzzies ahoy! I love it

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  18. "Crawl together like starfish"...nearly every child's dream! Makes me feel 10 again! Oh, those were the days....

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    1. Thank you and welcome to Willow Manor...

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  20. androgynous knot :) loved every line

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  21. Who could resist an androgynous knot?

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  22. Very nicely composed and directed towards that last line. A prompt well served.

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  23. Beautiful take Tess! You economize on words but maximized the effectiveness. Nicely!

    Hank

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  24. I do so love the assonance in this (androgynous, knot, pocket, besotted). Lovely.

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  25. This is such a romantic gesture you've painted with your words. No wonder she was besotted.

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  26. Your word choices are beyond wonderful.

    =)

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  27. patiently ungloved
    and vulnerable, to kiss

    This seemed to encapsulate the whole. Lovely.

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  28. Tess, I felt your beautiful words in separate ways...one is the innocence of children so pure and white; the other is grown-up and sexy and red and ripe! Your writing just keeps getting better and stronger and more lovely. Happy I didn't miss this one!

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    1. Thanks, C...nice to see you again...you've been missed...

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  29. Exquisite. I'm in the 'besotted finger' brigade!

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  30. I think it was Jeremy Bentham who said "poetry is words that don't make it across the page". In your case, Tess, I am glad indeed that they don't : I like them just the way they are.

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  31. crawl together like starfish is so perfect! This will be one of my favorites of yours, Tess. To be honest, this week I am not going to play the video because I want your words to simply speak for themselves.

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  32. Lovely poem, Tess. I wanted to note the androgynous nature of it all too. One of the striking things about photo and I'm glad you did - I love the star fish hands.

    Thanks. k.

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  33. So intimate and sweet. The last two stanzas are SMASHING, but the whole poem is!!! You rock.

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  34. Your beautiful imagery always is cupped in the hands of my heart Tess......such a wonderful talent you hold!!

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  35. This is lovely, especially the last three lines.

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  36. Loved this...started out loving the starfish image, and then the last line came around...perfect.

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  37. Thanks everyone for taking the time to leave such kind and generous comments...you are the best...you really are...

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  38. The last line is wonderful. :-)

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)