I Explore Myself

The dark eyes of a compassionate

Gentle Vulcan gaze into me.

He is to the galaxy what

Elves are to my twilight glens and

Willowing forest fantasies. Their

Silken hair and trailing sleeves linger

At the edge of my poem. I am

Writing of murder now.

Some murderers I sympathize with

I think in parallels of their motives.

I do not want to

Get along with my heroes

I want to be my heroes. I want to fill their gaps.

I love gold but

Never wear it. Copper laces my wrists.

The styles I admire

The sweeping dress hemmed with vanity

The daring cuts where hearts have broken

Do not suit me.

Words choke in my throat

I sing and silence fills me

I dance with wild

Intentional abandon

Briefly I exist within the cosmos I

Hold inside me

Briefly my hair grows past my eighth rib

Briefly I am perfect

I am perfect.


Artwork by Nick Reeves

Written for the 15th Experiments In Fiction Poetry Challenge: write a poem in response to the above artwork.

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  1. This piece is really powerful. I do understand some murderers, well, if they did it in self-defense but was convicted for the death of someone else, despite of the threat to them. I like that you referenced copper in this piece too. Feels like it all connects somehow. Great job on this piece!

    Nancy โœจ mdrnminimalists.com

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  2. Wonderfully powerful! I love the story this told, and particularly liked the lines “I do not want to/ Get along with my heroes/ I want to be my heroes.” and the desire to forge one’s own path, rather than relying upon the foundations of others. Beautiful

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    1. Writing this I realized just how many strange and unrelated things make up ME. I was inspired and am inspired to think the same is true of us all! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Your welcome. Well of course they are part of the overall experience of the poem. Jaya, Thanks to you I have made my first submission! ๐Ÿ˜Š now just too wait for a reply, is hard. I decided to be โ€œbraveโ€. So I thank you. Even if they reject it, Iโ€™ll keep trying. ๐Ÿ˜

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        1. โฃ๏ธ This made my day today! I am so thrilled that you have taken the first step. Waiting is my least favorite part of the game, but it is worth it. Fingers crossed and much love your way for a ‘yes’!!

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