Literal Poetry

To see better in low light

it’s better to turn your eyes and look sideways

this is the truth of poetry

if I write you are beautiful

you’ve probably heard it before

if I write

you shine like the stars

you pull back cause you know cliche when it pokes you in the eye

but if I write your light enters mine as chaos plays peek-a-boo in the cosmos

you wrinkle your brow

and wonder what it meant to me

before knowing what it means to you

the transfer of the color of red wine onto a sheet of white paper

is both Brahma and Shiva

north and south east and west

I know why you are confused

still confused that you could still be confused

facing every direction at once

you see everything

so you see nothing

white light

at midnight

in the moonlight

out of sight

from the


7 thoughts on “Literal Poetry

  1. Steven Myers

    this is a hoooreh! a blue jays get down and dirty ninth inning comeback rally win!
    waking up the mummies from their serious torpor and beauty mirrors
    with slow, walk by emotions.

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Always happy to hit a walk-off. I swing for the fences as much as the opportunity presents itself. Unfortunately, sometimes I miss. Glad from your perspective this one had legs.

  2. granbee

    Alright, already, just when I thought you could not get any better, you post this truly masterful poem about poetic phrases speaking sideways to the heart, thus bringing a spark of light from the soul along with its message. (and PUH-LEEZ tell me what you think about my latest segment of the critterly journey posted on my blog–pleeeeeeez?pretty, pretty, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeez?)

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Rose! let’s make a date tomorrow where I look forward to coming over to your side of the screen and seeing what’s been going on with your critterly journey. I am excited to see how far we’ve progressed!


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