Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Murmur and Drum

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel: Murmur and Drum
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MURMUR and DRUM from James Goertel’s bi-weekly poetry feature, Under The Same Moon, listen closely to the sound of love.

Tuesday Poetry with James Goertel Murmur and Drum

Mount Elbrus, the highest point of the Caucasus, Russia and Europe. Photo credit: wikipedia


The wind comes up,
turns your name on its side
carrying its soft two syllables
off with a gust
and I wonder

what will I call you now
though you seem the same;

birds at home in your cupped hands,
wolves asleep across your bare feet,
the changing color of your autumn hair
catching the same shimmer of cold sun;

while all the while,
wine-kissed lips murmur assurances
intoxicating me with the nom de plume
flowing from your mouth,

knowing all too well, though,
rivers wait patiently
in recognition of art beyond landscape
as the ripple across their lengths
whispers the name you gave away
to a world beyond my reach

and so,
as nature would have it,
I am left to call you, Love.






Drum your fingers
upon my skin,
the rhythm of the sea
cannot convey
the water’s longing
for the shore.


James Goertel. Under The Same Moon

James Goertel. Under The Same Moon


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