From the shadows of everything,
kin upon skin –
here I stand, incomplete;
years of incomprehensions, unsympathetic
brittle limbs
curving in the belly of the moon.
I have three decades under my thumb;
they are light in the complexions
of others; this Chinese lantern paper
 a bold bright second
angry against the topaz sky.
(The chrysalis is disrobed;
each petal dried,
whispering down my cheeks a confession
of being born and being human,
something I wish to disguise.)
Is there enough of the sun
to return each day, a purpose
of soft arms open
like needled gold? 
I claim the beads of salt
I wear as an occupation –
some alchemist lost in untimed lands
where ‘Love’ was ‘love’ -
veils of silk to beautify the self;
something I did not understand.
There is no greater being than You,
I was told
from a building that believed in God;
my skin upon the kin of this
in the burning
of the sky.


◄ Silence

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Ged Thompson

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 23:39

some alchemist lost in untimed lands

I love this line XXXXX

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Marianne Louise Daniels

Wed 30th Jan 2013 09:33

Thank you for the comments - I am very humbled by your thoughts.

Cynthia - I was referring to 'beyond' but that links with what you say too. Thank you for your words. I am a big admirer of your work too x

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winston plowes

Sun 27th Jan 2013 03:41

Hi M

As Cynthia says...

You are one of the best poets I have ever read.


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Sat 26th Jan 2013 20:24

three decades under your thumb
each one curves lines
of journeys won

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 26th Jan 2013 15:34

You never fail to enchant, to drown the senses in your images and ideas. I relish the words you spin out as your own 'silk threads'.
Somehow, you always make me think of such contradictions as 'killing me softly'. I could never write with such enigmatic skill. You are one of the best poets I have ever read.

How have you used META? Change? Transposition?

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Marianne Louise Daniels

Fri 25th Jan 2013 11:00

Thank you for reading and the comments made.

Philip - I have thousands upon thousands of poems, being a very furious writer from a very young age and now am finding myself putting little collections together... which then get bigger beyond my intention! Watch this space eh? hee hee


tony sheridan

Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:40

Love this! Take care,Tony.

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Simon Austin

Tue 22nd Jan 2013 15:52

Wow, beautiful poem, I love this - conjures so many different thoughts and feelings, and has a such a poignant close. Fantastic.

Thank you for sharing.

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