Monday, November 24, 2014

Bound Tightly Open


the end of beginnings
the beginning of ends
observer of the insipid
of disingenuous truth
 
piercing introspective
rattling nerves
as key
to a lockless room

a fingerprint
in a sea of hands
pained
by the strength of scars

label adhered wounds
full-mouthed and slipping
stitched up , threaded
bound tightly open

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33 comments:

  1. I love how you have used contrasting words here.. bound - open keys to a lock-less room.. that mystery and ambiguity is a lot like how life exist... in life between constraints.

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    1. I love playing with contrasts, ambiguity and oxmymorons . . . it seems to be where I am in my mind right now. Thanks Bjorn

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  2. I like the play of contrasts beginning from the title...

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    1. Thanks Sumana, I've been waiting to use Bound Tightly Open for so long . . . was finally able to pull it together.

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  3. Such an excellent paradox as title, Kathryn. Your poetry reads like abstract art and always gives food for thought.

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    1. Thanks Kerry . . . I wrote the title a long time ago but hadn't been able to incorporate it into a poem until now. Love how you link my poetry to abstract art.

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  4. Stunning. I've known people who made me feel this way, to be sure.
    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-flower-of-my-love.html

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    1. Thank you Cara, sorry you've been made to feel this way.

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  5. Ouch. I squirm at the vulnerability of not being able to shut it all off and leave. A hand rendered useless! My right hand has three dead fingers--so I took in the illustration on a personal level. A power to perceivecan be a Cassandra curse if action is prohibited.

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  6. Like the paradox of open...feels so good, warm even having so many wounds, but open hand....

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  7. loved it but it left me in limbo where keys are useless

    gracias

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  8. I have been feeling a bit of this lately. Beautiful art and words.

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  9. The contrasts work well. I find the last stanza especially intriguing.

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  10. Beginnings and endings, as you so beautifully demonstrate Kathryn, are bound together. This poem lingers...in its pain. Not all endings are great, not all beginnings are fine.

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  11. a perfect circle.

    felt like it never ends.. unlike life. great words

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  12. I love the contradictions here...just like love.

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  13. What great use of contrast. The sense of helplessness goes right into the bone.

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  14. i think the use of contrast is working well.
    some very intriguing words, fits the picture of the hand sculpture perfectly. :)

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  15. Quite a vivid and powerful piece.

    "the end of beginnings
    the beginning of ends"

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    "label adhered wounds
    full-mouthed and slipping
    stitched up , threaded
    bound tightly open" - Loved these lines.

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    1. Thank you . . . it took a while to write this piece but I'm glad it finally came to fruition.

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  16. Yes, sometimes those old wounds are fastened so tightly they stay open. I love the words here, the contrasts and the profound thinking they inspire.

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    1. Thank you Myrna, seems to be the way my mind works these days. :)

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  17. a fingerprint
    in a sea of hands
    pained
    by the strength of scars.... i found that stanza particularly strong cause it shows both, the fragility and the strength

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  18. i like the contradictions in this...pained by the strength of scars...bound open...
    hands have much to tell....smiles.

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  19. So powerful. And that art piece is a true stunner.

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  20. I liked the way you played with words. The third stanza is my favorite.

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  21. Some very intriguing lines in this piece, Kathryn...."key to a lockless room"....and especially "bound tightly open". Your art work is eloquent, too, as always.

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  22. this is so esoteric and beautiful. i especially love that third stanza!

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  23. Love the descriptive lines! Brilliantly set Kathryn! Makes me want to find more usage on similar words!

    Hank

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