Thursday, April 25, 2019

Leopards Like Your Ribboned Hat

Leopards like your ribboned hat.
Sun warms the straw and your grassland hair.
The ribbon is blue and moves the way a windy sky moves.
Your hips move the way a leopard moves
across the grassland
under the sky. 

Leopards like your ribboned hat
from a storefront head on a city street.
You saw it and sighed, your eyes the blue of a windy sky.
Now leopards move the way your ribbon moves
the way your hips move
on a city street.

Leopards like your ribboned hat.
They move the way a windy sky moves,
slipping through your grassland hair like windy suns.
They move the way your ribbon moves.
The way your hips move.
Leopards move.
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for this.


 

12 comments:

  1. I love the way your mind moves

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  2. I just read it over and over and enjoy it more each time.

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  3. Ohhh! I love leopards. And this most gorgeous of poems with its shifting images.

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  4. So many wonderful lines but "slipping through your grassland hair like windy suns" is glorious!!

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  5. Your poem has a wonderful rhythm to it, Shay, that makes me want to dance – in fact I’m moving around in my seat! I love the description of the blue ribbon moving ‘the way a windy sky moves’. Leopards and a ribboned hat have made my morning.

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  6. Very seductively done, your repetitions beating the rhythm deep inside your words..

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  7. This is so well-conceived, Shay. It is a poem I might wait a lifetime to read and be completely satisfied when I did. The interplay of images, so like the interplay of coloured strands is perfection.

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  8. I wish that I had written this.

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  9. The way leopards move......your poem undulated through my mind in the same way.

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  10. I read this several times, and it keeps getting better. The rhythm is dancing.

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  11. all of it, but the title and first line just grab me. I read it as a simile, and the static and yet movement is so striking ~

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