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I would know my data,
know my limits,
know this moment
where a fragile detente holds;
holds me close,
holds me harmless,
holds all the little pieces in
all for one,
all for you,
no heroic effort needed,
just a little discipline,
and patience.

The time is past for tears;
soul-stealing remnants
of a uselessly tender heart
that would fly away to safety
(safe from harm)
(safe from you)
at the sight of any signal
that the past is yet to come.

For though I cast
my yarrow sticks
upon this muddy ground,
I still can't parse the meaning
of what prophets won't foretell.
Gazing into crystal balls
yields no sublime new clues,
and so now comes the tricky bit:
trust in you
trust in me
trust in things I cannot see.

There is no ground
beneath our feet,
and maybe that's okay,
for what we thought was solid
was never there at all.

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Stan Ski said...

Experience lets us feel it, whether it's there or not...

February 24, 2013 at 3:06 AM
vivinfrance said...

Absolutely beautiful - your poem tells a story.

February 24, 2013 at 3:15 AM
Old Egg said...

I don't think I have seen detente used in poetry before. I wonder whether the tears shed for love tend someone elses waters it and lets theirs grow?

February 24, 2013 at 4:30 AM
Jae Rose said...

Maybe not having ground beneath your feet makes you fly higher..seek out the best bits of data..fly in code..

February 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM
Jules said...

This reminds me of dreaming - were I have yet to feel my feet touch the ground. I would not have thought of that if it were not for the song that stated '...in dreams your feet never touch the earth.'

I would like to think that some 'fictitious detritus' is pleasing.


February 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM
nan said...

Fantastice. I read it 3x through for the enjoyment of the structure and cadence - and thoughts. Figments, eh? Nicely done.

February 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM
LLM Calling said...

never there at all hey, what is really real, how will we ever know?

February 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Veronica Roth said...

Nicely whirled Ann. I need that discipline and patience too. :)

February 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Unknown said...

Nicely written!

February 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Alice Audrey said...

Trust is a good thing. No ground beneath your feet? So what? Sometimes we find ourselves standing on air. Well, floating above the ground at any rate. Just don't trust a sleaze bag.

February 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Jazzbumpa said...

At first I thought this might be hopeful, but the last few words dashed that idea.

This prompt seems to lead to expressions of futility


February 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Tumblewords: said...

Ah, I love this - there is no truth like good fiction or vice versa.

February 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM

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