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.

About this poem

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

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Written on December 04, 1995

Submitted by 69warhawk101 on October 06, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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

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