Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel. Under the Same Moon

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel. Under the Same Moon
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THE PERFUME OF YOU (ROSEWATER KISSED), GINGER (TO PERFUME THIS NIGHT), and CRUSH OF FLOWERS (PERFUMED BY YOUTH) from James Goertel’s new poetry collection, Under The Same Moon, air their thoughts on love and loss.

Friday Poetry with James Goertel. Under the Same Moon

A woman spreading flowers over a Lingam in a temple in Varanasi. Photo credit: wikipedia


The perfume of you, rosewater kissed and left breathless
Upon our lips which whisper, stutter, lisp the tremble
Of our conjoined names in a room absent of air;
The vacuum of wan, beautiful asphyxiation
Below, beneath the perfume of you.


Holding our collective breath,
Almost there,
Coming into focus,

A change in the weather,
Delicate romance,
Curtains blowing

Upon our arrival,
As we linger
In the long light

Of a new architecture,
Our sunlit silhouette
Exhales its ginger

To perfume this night,
Our unbroken union,
The coming blue of dawn.




They are all gone,
Were all here at one time;
Young, tough men hammering out poetry
With fists punctuating air hung
With cigarette smoke and profanity;
Beautiful women perfumed

By moonlight and one last glass of wine,
Slurring in harmony a song
Of twilight conversation waking the dawn
With its music of now.

They had no need for the hours
Decades on
I occupy chasing shadows across the page
Or the grey light of middle age
With its quiet reserve, its pale grace
Contemplating a week’s worth of rain
And humming dull anthems to the sun.

Somewhere in the sand
Their drunken, dancing footprints
Left their mark upon time
As it stood still
Offering again a new day
To those young, tough men
Who pulled at the moon
Night after night
Until their pockets were full
Of its shine, enough to scatter
Like diamonds before beautiful women
Perfumed by youth and a crush of flowers
Upon their wrists.

The last of them sharing
Heat secreted through the cold hours
Before one final morning
Of innocence masquerading as bliss,
Unaware of the inevitable
Sobering second act
Now standing
Between here and there,
Then and now;
All of them
There then gone,
Not one of them
Here and now
Where words
Are a poor excuse for the gravity
Which once held them
And time in place.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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