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Wedding of Emily and George in ‘Our Town”

  

Chatoyancy

  

Embraced
by a shaft of moonbeam,
dressed in a favored shiny yellow gingham,
and dappled with origami flowers,
she lies radiantly still.

The chatoyancy reflected
off her coppery waves of hair
and cascading strings of glossy pearls
betray a sweet sensuality.

Sandwashed memories spread like starfish rays,
unraveling an embroidered illusion of life…

Why in darkness has so much become visible?
Even the dull, mundane, unglossy moments
deserve ecstatic appreciation.

“Do any human beings ever realize life
while they live it… every, every minute?”
dead Emily asks, nostalgically.

With dispassionate serenity,
the irony in death to see the
potential of life… sad lessons
embraced.

~ julie © august 2012

  

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Poem written here today by Julie in response to this week’s prompt #117 on the We Write Poems website: What words mean.

Write a poem that begins and ends with a one word line, that word being the same at both beginning and ending. Yet allow the body of the poem to create that shift in meaning for that one word.

Whew! Challenging to say the least. I wanted the word Chatoyancy to be that one word but, for the life of me, I couldn’t find a way to change its’ meaning as I got to the end of the poem. While the change in meaning for embraced is subtle, I think it fits both Emily and the poem better. You be the judge!

In the play ‘Our Town’ Emily and George are married by the stage manager who, I do believe, has a very chatoyant quality about him in the picture above. Just an observation!

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