Kasia & Zieleń (excerpt)

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Kasia & Zieleń

Kasia Zieleń
My heart is frozen in dread –
am I strong enough
to reach you?
I look to the mountains
and see the storm
– purple
– boiling

I look to the woodlands
and see the canopy
– emerald
– darkening
but my first step is taken
and I will not turn back

I want to feel you again –
I want to free you from your hell –
and it is a treacherous road
in quartz and granite teeth
that lunges at my ankles –
but the woodlands will shield me

I will fight my way
to the woodland peak
where the mourning dove
waits for the evening rain –
already I feel your touch
in the gusts
that announce the rain
your spirit will guide me

as I climb you lead me –
as I climb you free me –

Do you look back, ever?
How do you know –
you haven’t reached? What if
I am standing next to you
and you pass me by,
Take those barks
As my camouflage

Tea-berries on the carpet
Of your fairytale walk
An exotic kingdom
Brews the heavenly scent
Of earth; Do you
dither for a moment?

How do you know –
You are not looking at me?
Those baby pines
At your feet, or
Green and wrinkled
Skin, the oak wears
Home to nomad ferns

Listen to your heartbeat
For a moment, your
Short gasps for breath
I am here, with you
To see me, you need to
Let it go, let it all go
Unclad yourself

Give me the purer you
Pristine, unadulterated
Au naturel
Now, don’t be so scarlet with shame


I am linking this to OLN – an excerpt from my duet with Kasia (she  asked me to keep her identity secret). Zieleń is Polish for verdure /greenery and Kasia means Pure.  Photo Credits : Reetam Banerjee.


17 thoughts on “Kasia & Zieleń (excerpt)

  1. Really a cool structure to this. You can either read it straight down, each of them to hear one side, and if you read across, the dialogue flows pretty cool together as well, almost finishing each others thoughts. Well constructed abhra.

  2. “A duet with Jen” ? Is this a piece of a collaborative poem? Regardless which side/column you wrote, it is a wonderfully romantic, exotic, sensual metaphor, albeit truncated for this posting; very interesting form, hard to get Word Press or Google to allow. I just alternate lines with dialogue poetry, & vary the font for each speaker.

  3. I love these sections:

    “it is a treacherous road
    in quartz and granite teeth
    that lunges at my ankles”

    “Tea-berries on the carpet
    Of your fairytale”

  4. Pure of Love.. Green of earth.. marriage
    of life.. in soil of souls.. wHere eyes of Light
    meet ground of earth.. as we measure
    life in grains..
    of spirit..
    dusting
    Nature’s
    heArts flight..:)

  5. This turned out really well. I absolutely love this section:

    “I want to free you from your hell –
    and it is a treacherous road
    in quartz and granite teeth
    that lunges at my ankles –
    but the woodlands will shield me”

    That is absolutely magnificent description 🙂

  6. Wonderful and skillful duet. It seems as if you two write as if you know each other very well and respect each other’s words. In truth, how nature and the woodlands shield us all and gives us peace. Terrific poem.

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