Because For Us, Evening is Dawn

i learned
               tonight
that your
name befits  
you
more in French
                           en français

its single stony syllable
transforms to two,
the second even
                            softer
more languid
than the first

not the
you
they know,
but the
you
i
do

to go to sleep expecting you,
and wake to your
                             hand
on my cheek is not my fate

mine is to
enjoy the roughness,
the power of
                      s’il vous plaît
the order to
                     leve-toi
silent, serene, sincere
and sing
               ne regrette rien
no regrets
no regrets
no regrets

Saint Therese,
                          Petite Fleur
hear the prayer that
                                rises
from lungs as crackled and
                                           scarred
as yours,
from a heart as
                       fractured
if not so clean
as yours

you have magnificent hands
use them
sing with them

i do, yes
i do

but only for him
you see
            mon argent à crinière de lion
only for him

©s rogers 6 november 2010

11 thoughts on “Because For Us, Evening is Dawn

  1. Bill Littleton says:

    “Not the you they know but the you I do.” Ah, Stephanie; you really add to my argument for the uniqueness of relationships. One of my circles is very much into nicknames, but, for example, several have THEIR nicknames for me and someone outside the circle might think they were discussing a whole group of people. Indeed, I AM a different situation for each of them, as they are for me. This is really well written.

  2. CatGem says:

    thank you, Bill — it means a lot to me that you took the time to read and comment 🙂

  3. Pat Cegan says:

    Lovely format, your poem. Interesting idea. Are we who people see? I have spent a life time saying, “No” to that. Your poem is thought provoking.

  4. katley says:

    thought provoking and moving.

  5. CatGem says:

    Pat, there are few better comments to be made than yours — thank you.

    and yours, Kately — thank you 🙂

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    There is, after all, something in a name. Refreshing poem. Thank you.

    Hope you enjoy Rally days and visits and vistors.

    Mine is here:
    http://musingbymoonlight.com/2010/11/05/hearts-under-lock-and-key/

  7. Jingle says:

    lovely imagination here.
    love the creativity in your work.
    very fine tuned and authentic work.

  8. CatGem says:

    thank you very much, Jingle and Jamie 🙂

  9. June says:

    Beautiful, Kitty. I suppose we are unique to each person because we give something different to each one. This one makes me pause to think.

  10. CatGem says:

    thank you, June, for always caring enough to read and comment 🙂

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