Saturday, August 19, 2006


Poetry has become the language of my summer. As always, James Wright knows exactly how to speak to me:


The Moon drops one or two feathers into the field.
The dark wheat listens.
Be still.
There they are, the Moon's young, trying
Their wings.
Between trees, a slender woman lifts up the lovely shadow
Of her face, and now she steps into the air, now she is gone
Wholly, into the air.
I stand alone by an elder tree, I do not dare breathe
Or move.
I listen.
The wheat leans back toward its own darkness,
And I lean toward mine.

--James Wright--


Blogger Amber said...

I'm so happy to see you back. :)

I'm not sure what the poem means. Poetry is a new thing to me, thanks to the blogs I read. Like this one.

You have great lips! I wish I had lips like that. Lucky.


12:24 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

the first word out of my mouth on opening to your page was ***wow***. such a strong and powerful portrait - just as i see you.

"There they are, the Moon's young, trying
Their wings." - this line in particular said a lot to me... Lily x

2:28 PM  
Blogger January said...

Yep, great picture and great poem.

Hope you are enjoying the last gasps of summer.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Love seeing you back-with a new profile photo too.

I love this portrait and what a great poem.


7:14 PM  
Blogger deirdre said...

Welcome back. I've missed you and am so glad to see you here again.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So so happy to see you back! And you look like a priestess in your picture...amazing.

1:41 AM  
Blogger bb said...

Welcome back - it's so fabulous you decided to continue on your blogging journey. I have missed your beautiful words!

(stunning picture, Delia, really. Made me gasp.)

2:54 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

A--that's what makes poetry so magical to me, the multiple levels and endless possibilities for interpretation.
S--you know how my process has been lately. I'm glad to hear you think I look strong...sometimes, I don't feel that way.
J--Summer ends today for me! Back to teaching--drowning in papers to grade--okay, I admit it--I'm excited.
T--the new profile pic is more "true" M. says...before, it wasn't clear how old I was, etc. It still is a little odd though. I've almost changed it twice.
D--I'm glad to be back again!
M--like a priestess--oh, what a compliment.
BB--I am looking forward to reading your lovely poetry again.

Thanks to all of is nice to be back in this space to share my creative ramblings!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Kim G. said...

Welcome back! We've missed you but hope you had a time of refreshing!

11:50 PM  
Blogger tracey said...

I love that image of you. It's beautiful.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

Kim and Tracey: thanks for the welcome and the "love". I am still finding my way back into blogging again...

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Lunarmusings said...

I am so slow in coming/commenting! Have been gone, doing a little checking out of my own, but I am so so so thrilled to see you back! And will be immersing myself here once again!

Your picture is sings this poem to me.

8:41 PM  

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