Moments Not Yet Known

Moments Not Yet Known

From the vent of the smoldering volcano, embers glow
Lava weaves a tapestry of secrets, long ago
Your presence, so remote, yet remarkably close
Voyagers from a bygone era, our spirits disclose.

No whispers from yesteryear in our discourse sway
Yet, your smile crafts a mural both near and far away
Chronicles murmured by the ancient winds unfold
Where love, joy, and poignant goodbyes are told.

Your gaze, a gentle compass in unfamiliar terrain
Guides me in this mystic domain's shifting sands
As if beholding Degas’s “Ballerinas,” graceful and refined
Or hearing Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” for the first time.

Could it be that our souls once waltzed to Frederick Chopin?
Fate’s sophisticated choreography, a ballet in the light of the moon
Your laughter, a haunting melody in nocturnal dreams
Symphonies of recollection, timeless streams resound harmonious refrains.

Beneath the veneer of unfamiliarity
Is shared knowledge in the layers that time bestows
As lava cools, solidifying our unspoken connection
The igneous rock holds the artifacts of our hidden past.

Your charisma, an enigma, oddly comforting
A scent of old books, a song’s familiar sing
Stirring sentiments buried in the recesses of the mind
A dance between the known and the undiscovered, we find.

In the silent spaces of our words, unsaid
An intricate rhythm beats as our hearts pulsate
Remanence of a shared history faintly displayed
A chapter awaiting revelation, yet not betrayed.

As the molten rivers of the earth erupt with fervent might
A luminous cascade, an ethereal ballet in the cosmic light
The quiet aftermath adorned with tears, like stars in flight
Our untold saga ends, a celestial farewell, bittersweet, bright.

About this poem

It is about familiarity with someone you have never met, but it is as if you had known each other in another place and time.

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Written on December 06, 2023

Submitted by dburriskitchen on December 06, 2023

1:28 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 1,740
Words 294
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Deborah Burris-Kitchen

Deborah J. Burris-Kitchen, Ph.D., is a Professor of Criminology and Department Chair at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She is the author of Female Gang Participation (Edwin Mellen Press, 1997). In addition, she co-authored an article on racism in higher education in the College Student Journal (2000). Her publications include a book titled Short Rage: an autobiographical look at Heightism in America (2002). She has a book chapter (July 2010) titled Pathways to Prison: Implications for the Health and Mental Health in the African American Community in Handbook for African American Health Psychology: Evidence-based Treatment and prevention practices (edited by Robert Hampton & Ray Crowell); From Slavery to Prisons: A Historical Delineation of the Criminalization of African Americans (2010); a journal article titled Short Rage Revisited (2018); and Deviance and Control, Kendall and Hunt (2020) and a second edition of Deviance and Control was released by Kendall and Hunt in 2021. Dr. Burris-Kitchen has served as the research committee chair and Vice President of the National Organization of Short-Statured Adults (NOSSA). She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She has served as President of the Association of Humanist Sociology (AHS) and was a member of AHS for many years. She has also been a member of the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association. Dr. Burris –Kitchen is an activist who fights against violence, racism, exploitation, greed, and capitalism. more…

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  • Kaytee
    The poem is amazing. The music references took me back to memories of the past and the rhyming was good.
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