Poet’s Beat ~ The Embrace by Mark Doty ~ Accompanied by Oliver Nelson’s Yearnin’

PONT NEUF Modern Abstract Watercolor Art
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Jazz adds heat, color, flavor that can take us outside the lines of our lives.  Literary Art ~ Poetry and Prose comes from a universal place in our hearts but speaks multiculturally and ethnicity that resonates in the light of our dreams.  Together they cast fears, sorrows, hate, lies beyond the surface of the seas of yesterdays.  Peace and Joy abound for me with this pairing.  Peace Out!  JBC 😎

“Yearnin'” from The Blues And The Abstract Truth by Oliver Nelson. Released: 1961. Track 4 of 6. Genre: Jazz.


The Embrace

by Mark Doty

You weren’t well or really ill yet either;
just a little tired, your handsomeness
tinged by grief or anticipation, which brought
to your face a thoughtful, deepening grace.

I didn’t for a moment doubt you were dead.
I knew that to be true still, even in the dream.
You’d been out–at work maybe?–
having a good day, almost energetic.

We seemed to be moving from some old house
where we’d lived, boxes everywhere, things
in disarray: that was the story of my dream,
but even asleep I was shocked out of the narrative

by your face, the physical fact of your face:
inches from mine, smooth-shaven, loving, alert.
Why so difficult, remembering the actual look
of you? Without a photograph, without strain?

So when I saw your unguarded, reliable face,
your unmistakable gaze opening all the warmth
and clarity of you–warm brown tea–we held
each other for the time the dream allowed.

Bless you. You came back, so I could see you
once more, plainly, so I could rest against you
without thinking this happiness lessened anything,
without thinking you were alive again.

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