Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: The World (Keep Waiting), Width of a Circle and Feel of the Hilt

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: The World (Keep Waiting), Width of a Circle and Feel of the Hilt

THE WORLD (KEPT WAITING), WIDTH OF A CIRCLE, and  FEEL OF THE HILT from James Goertel’s  ‘Under The Same Moon’ are three recent additions to this serialized collection.

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel The World (Keep Waiting), Width of a Circle and Feel of the Hilt

Christ in Limbo (c.1575) by a follower of Hieronymous Bosch

THE WORLD (KEPT WAITING)The world, kept waiting
in an existential limbo
While I live mostly with my own thoughts
And the accumulation
Of unaccountable effects and outcomes
Preserved in a formaldehyde of experiences
I no longer recognize, recognize all too well;
Past lives from the same life
Which seem to have played out
In one or another version of the same room
With arbitrary and changing voices
Perfuming the air surrounding a vacuum
Where my own internal dialogue,
In endless soliloquy,
Has kept me company beyond the chorus,
Like a child of Piaget’s
Consulting his own egocentric monologue
Of long running jokes for laughter,
Long standing complaints for justification,
Of long held beliefs for freedom
To speak my mind to my mind
And at times to a heart
Both too sensitive and maddeningly ambivalent,
Sometimes within the rest
Between one beat and the next;
The vagaries of adolescent enterprise
Still as much a part of an emotional biology
As the surrender to socially responsible affectations
Of middle-age on public display
Which wreak havoc with an interior discourse
Of calculated confrontation and premeditated indifference;
The servile and obsequious mask of a civic face
Hiding a knowing grin beneath the quiver of lips
Reciting Kierkegaard in hushed tones between breaths;
Brain humming along as the heart keeps time
And both waiting not so patiently
For the return of a modest and monastic pleasure
Found in a singular and mutually exclusive poetics
Free to leave the world behind.
Within this circumference,
But still alive; -Floating toward
Blush but paling faces,
Boys and girls
With honeysuckle and hemlock
In their hands, -Gazing
Out across the field,
Out across the sea; –

Sons and daughters
Not yet ready –

To plow under the bone
Still carrying burden,
To drown the blood
Still beating out
The numbered days
The heart has borrowed; –

Men and women
kissing strange,
Mouths full of flighty lust
And decaying butterfly wings; –

Eyes squinting
Into a sun sinking
In an architecture
of prescient horizons,-

No more than
An amalgam
Of knowing nods
And telling winks –

Confirming a pro tempore
Construction of entangled fates
Floating in a sky,
Over an ocean,
In a collective realization –

As we crawl from the water
For the final time;
Clouds, like well-nigh monochrome borders
Between the dead and the dying, –

Overhead in a stark white procession
Gathering gone gray ghosts
To proceed beyond
The obsidian thunderclap of death –

Where we congregate
Without the comfort
Of time still counting out time; –

The diamond and blind shine
Of forever in place of eyes
That have seen it all, –

Save for the future
Which lies beyond
The width of a circle.

FEEL OF THE HILTFlavor of first wild strawberries
From her breath
To mutual sigh
Returning to the tongue -Caress of gelid blade carried
From haughty adolescence
To bemused midlife
Catching moonlight -Reflections
In the yawn between
Wide awake
And never waking again –

Sleep and mortality,
Each others Doppelganger,
Held at bay
Through a conspiracy of the senses,
By the quicksilver sensation of
Momentarily recovered moments
No mirror can capture,
Nor paint in silvered light
From mere memory –

The taste of fruit,
Sweet feral kiss
Flushing the lips –

The feel of the hilt,
Warm delinquent blood
Rouging a palm –

Youth’s back of beyond
Illuminated by a capricious moon
Casting an older man’s shadow.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


Click to add a comment

Born in North Dakota, James Goertel spent twenty years working in television for ABC, NBC, and ESPN, among many others in the U.S. He currently teaches writing at Penn State. Carry Each His Burden (2011) was his fiction debut. Each Year an Anthem (2012) was his poetry debut. With No Need for a Name (2012) and Self Portrait (2013) are his follow-up collections. His debut novel Let the Power Fall will be published in 2014.

More in Entertainment

Jonathan Russell

National Minimum Wage: How Does the Increase Affect You?

Yareah MagazineOctober 18, 2016
Mary Njoku filming for Rok Studios

Rok Studios Launches Nollywood TV Channel on Sky

Yareah MagazineSeptember 27, 2016
Vent-Axia Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Sussex-based Vent-Axia Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation

Yareah MagazineSeptember 14, 2016
Nicole Scherzinger, Joel, Ella & Murad

International Popstars DNCE And Nicole Scherzinger Amongst Performers To Take To The SSE Arena, Wembley Stage For Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Charity On Monday 24th October 2016

Yareah MagazineSeptember 9, 2016

HBO News. Bill Simmons’ lineup for tomorrow night

Yareah MagazineSeptember 6, 2016
Lord's Pavilion

As the cricket season draws to a close, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) can report a surge in popularity for guests seeking a full day of luxury hospitality at Lord’s during a Test Match in 2016. In the Home of Cricket’s most iconic venues – the Captains’ Lounge and Marylebone Suite – hospitality packages which included a hearty breakfast, sumptuous four-course lunch and luxury afternoon tea, sold out quickly for the first three days of the England v Sri Lanka and England v Pakistan Investec Test Matches. Private Boxes with the best views of the action for up to 18 guests also sold out fast for the same days. MCC revealed a sharp increase in revenue for its 2016 Sri Lanka Test Match hospitality packages compared with 2014 when the team last played England at Lord’s. Revenues for hospitality were up by nearly 30% over the same period in 2014 whilst private box sale revenues were up by a healthy 60%. Nick Kenton, MCC Head of Sales, Meetings & Events and Hospitality, said: “2016 has been a fantastic year for enjoying a day of cricket whilst experiencing the very best food, drink and hospitality that Lord’s has to offer. “This year’s sales figures show that hospitality packages at Lord’s were in huge demand and continue to be a key part of the summer sporting calendar.” Lord’s also expects high demand for its new hospitality packages, to be released this autumn for 2017 matches. These include England v South Africa from 6th to 10th July and England v West Indies from 7th to 11th September. Packages for the England v Ireland Royal London One-Day International on 7th May 2017 are also expected to sell out in record time. Details of all hospitality options at Lord’s can be found on its website

Yareah MagazineSeptember 6, 2016

Yareah Magazine

Art is Everywhere and Up to You.

About Us - Press Kit - Contact Us

YM on Twitter

Top Posts & Pages

Yareah® Magazine is a Registered Trademark in the United States