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Monday, May 6, 2013

Ocular Spring

(Thanks to MCC for the inspiration.)
 
The windows are dirty.
But still, low in the sky,
a silver-sun cleans the edges,
the world sprayed with Windex,
polished hard with a soft cloth.
Out in the garden,
emerging stalks etch blue air,
like the first time
you don a pair of glasses, 
the new prescription
cuts a sharp line,
green leaves outlined
in fine-point ink.

Later in the car, 
you lumber down 
winter-pocked roads
where strobes flick and flash. 
Light
hits air,
hits trees
hits air.
You wish the visor hung lower,
for a baseball cap,
anything to block 
the brash blaze of horizon glare,
before trees leaf out and
tint the bleach with shade.
You squint
as back-light marries
a white magnolia
branches hanging heavy,
the way limbs do
during a wet spring snow.

Tomorrow, the light will change. 
A storm that never arrived,
but washed the air anyway,
will have floated out to sea. 
All you’ll have left
of an afternoon
burnished to high-gloss
are words that try —
reminding you, perhaps,
but forever failing to capture
anything close to the essence.

Copyright Liza Carens Salerno, May 2013

11 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Well your poetical words captured this fabulous moment of clarity most freshly! Yay! And you made Windex sound lovely! Well done you!

take care
x

Jan Morrison said...

thanks Liza - think you got this transcendent moment perfectly! What a lovely lovely poem.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, you really captured the moment! Everything sharp and fresh.

Robin said...

In this case, the words captured the essence. Loved it.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Wow, you are a fantastic poet!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I can really see the sky and feel the outside when I read this. Beautiful.

Lynda R Young said...

I love the imagery, especially with the glasses effect.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

What beautiful imagery! You capture the atmosphere and feeling perfectly.

Kittie Howard said...

Great job, Liza! I couldn't agree more with the commenters above. You captured that certain feeling/moment beautifully.

~Sia McKye~ said...

My windows are dirty too, lol! I've managed to use some windex on a few I'll need help on the outside of most of my windows.

Thanks for sharing a beautiful moment in time. :-)

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

mshatch said...

Don't you wish you could capture in true color an afternoon or morning in a jar? Then, whenever you wanted, could peek in and remind yourself of how lovely the day was.