Sonnet

unmade bed

Caught in the flux, memories shift again — each turns
an unmade bed. Words rearrange, meanings undone.

Image after image, lift each slide to the light—your eyes
closed in the glare, lips pressed to a smile. When was this?
Who’s in the background? No, I don’t remember. I can’t recall.

Lay it across the table—a postcard, two tickets, a hotel key. But
still I have questions: was it Marrakesh or Madrid where you spilt
wine down your dress, were starlings crossing in the evening air,
was it the muezzin or church bells that woke us in the field,
what ocean pushed against stones like a crowd come together
to say your name?    ‘Love is all we have,’ you say (taking my hand).
‘We’ll be careful from now on—take notes, souvenirs,
lay a trail back to the woods.
……………………………………….‘No’ (I insist). This dream’s but half done.
I’m going to climb back in, eyes closed until every last word…


10 poems in 10 weeks – This is week 5

This piece was inspired by Sharon Van Etten’s beautiful song – Tarifa
Image … unmade bed | by Sean McMenemy
Also for Dverse the poets’ pub where Frank posed the prompt ‘Sleep’.

10 thoughts on “Sonnet

  1. I love this, Peter! I love the flow of it, the lazy feel of the language ‘caught in the flux’, the lines ‘each turns / an unmade bed. Words rearrange, meanings undone’.The unravelling of memories in the third stanza is vivid, like cinematic flashbacks, and that last line is superb!

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  2. I love Sharon Van Etten. You remind me to listen to her, it’s been a while. And this poem is wonderful, holding the slide up to the light and “what ocean pushed against stones like a crowd come together
    to say your name?” among other great lines.

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