Gestures and Words

Jason Tieman 1973 (Saratoga Springs , NY)



Clay, dry and moist--humid humanessence to the touch.
Glyphed into a visage by its sculptress,
Sometimes akin to the light refracted from the waterbowl
That malingers beneath uncalloused hands.
Stretched softness--but not torn.
A gratified simile smile unfolds;
Only the eyes narrow, an obverse view is realized.
Eyes are not eyes but orbs with intent.
The smile is a grin, possibly a leer.
Full lips seem to sneer bony implications.
Hope of illumination dissolves in dusk.
Arid incandesence, like a grainy multifoliate lunescape
Awaits in a nightide  of phantasmagoric imaginings.
Fingers tighten mapping fresh runes.
Then a downward thrust with teeth shuttered.
A circle fist mashes, lips curled--
Yet the model is alive, stainless.
F

About this poem

I dreampt of a clay statue one December day. It's about quelled anger.

Font size:
Collection  PDF     
 

Written on December 04, 1995

Submitted by 69warhawk101 on October 06, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

39 sec read
1

Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCBDBEFGBHIBBJKBL
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 738
Words 130
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 18

Jason Tieman

I've only published three poems, however, I Do the best with what I halve. more…

All Jason Tieman poems | Jason Tieman Books

1 fan

Discuss the poem Gestures and Words with the community...

0 Comments

    Translation

    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "Gestures and Words" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 16 Jun 2024. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/142827/gestures-and-words>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    June 2024

    Poetry Contest

    Join our monthly contest for an opportunity to win cash prizes and attain global acclaim for your talent.
    14
    days
    6
    hours
    44
    minutes

    Special Program

    Earn Rewards!

    Unlock exciting rewards such as a free mug and free contest pass by commenting on fellow members' poems today!

    Browse Poetry.com

    Quiz

    Are you a poetry master?

    »
    Which famous poet wrote the epic poem "Paradise Lost"?
    A John Keats
    B William Wordsworth
    C John Milton
    D Samuel Taylor Coleridge