I Spoon You From Memory


I spoon you from memory, taste your savor
in the pressed dark ice of wine
from an upturned glass, in delicate swirls
of cocoa and almond.

I glimpse you in the blink of cinema projectors
stuttering to life, in a shared
kaleidoscope of autumns, in sunglass-filtered
amber afternoons.

Your scent wafts up from me, decanted
on my scarf, in wool, on silk,
mixed in with the season’s effervescence,
Chloe, l'Air du Temps.

I hear your voice in my own voice’s quaver
as if you mouthed my songs,
cantilevering your sweet dissonance
into an imagined duet.

Your fingerprints linger on my cheek, pressed
on my skin like charms,
dragonfly, amethyst, orchid, pearl; linger
like the braille of last night’s kiss.
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32 comments:

  1. this is an incredible poem. you feel it with such essence and beauty that one can't help but stop and take it all in. have a great night.

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  2. Thanks for the kind words!

    Short link - http://bit.ly/s4ispoonyou

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  3. jasmine8:41:00 PM

    gorgeous. the ephemeral hauntings of love.

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  4. Gorgeous poem, Samuel-- powerful and beautiful imagery, of course. xxj

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  5. will buy a book of your poetry on the basis of this one poem

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  6. I love how you capture taste as a sense in this. Your poetry always blows me away Samuel and it's a joy to read.

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  7. Some lovely images here. I like your use of the senses, especially "the braille of last night's kiss", and all that is implied by how we read the messages we send to each other.

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  8. "Your fingerprints linger on my cheek, pressed
    on my skin like charms,
    dragonfly, amethyst, orchid, pearl; linger
    like the braille of last night’s kiss."

    Soft, subtle, the words flow like silk on bare skin and leave me wanting more. Beautiful.

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  9. This is such a beautifully sensual poem, Sam. Loved all of the scents. And the tastes...cocoa and almond! Yum!

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  10. Samuel--this poem is full of the senses, and all of them reeling in beauty. Love the kaleidoscope of autumns.

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  11. this is just beautiful.....

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  12. I really loved that last line... genius. Wonderful!

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  13. I love the extravagance of this declaration.

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  14. Quite a gamut of heady, alluring sensations, smells, colors and tastes, and yet, the last stanza seems the most purely descriptive, under the skin--delicate, real, and better than a flavor, that touch.

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  15. Lyric perfection - it made me sigh (more than once) :).

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  16. Sam, this is just gorgeous! I love it!

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  17. This is just gorgeous writing--I want to press it to me and not let go--

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  18. dude...def feel the longing...on some sense sad in that they were not there...as much as they were...nice touching on all the senses as well...I hear your voice in my own voice’s quaver
    as if you mouthed my songs, ....that is the one that i loved the most...smiles.

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  19. Clearly you are the poetic romantic. I imagine a woman's heart swoons when these words are whispered in hear ear. Beautiful are these stanzas of verse, Sam.

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  20. gosh..i wish i can write such expressive poetry!! this is so beautiful and rich with words..

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  21. Quite lovely. Love that phrase "scent wafts up decanted on my scarf" wonderful use of words--too many to call all of them out, but that one was my favorite :-)

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  22. Sam. For me, this is easily up there as my top reads for the night. Just a lovely piece, with beautifully composed stanzas, all of which could easily stand alone. Reading your work, almost always, makes me proud to be even on the same Mr. Linky page as your work. Thanks again. Outstanding read.

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  23. The quality of willed memory.. tangible through some delicate choices of words and imagery. The pace and setting of the quatrains offers an unobtrusive, effective foil to each reminiscence. There are lovely aural echoes throughout... but this is one of my favourite parts, partly for its play off 'decanted'

    cantilevering your sweet dissonance
    into an imagined duet.

    Beautiful.

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  24. beautiful ....thank you for sharing x

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  25. oh this just drips with every kind of sensation. Especially love This stanza:

    I hear your voice in my own voice’s quaver
    as if you mouthed my songs,
    cantilevering your sweet dissonance
    into an imagined duet.

    A heady and beautiful poem.

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  26. "...like the braille of last night’s kiss."

    The entire write leaves me breathless, and by the time I reach this last line...? * melts *

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  27. The evocative images here are enhanced by the associations that go with them - lushness, enjoyment; taste, scent, texture swirl in an intoxication of romance, of expectancy, of love. Masterful!

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  28. so much intimacy in this sam...and beautiful, beautiful images...my fav was the I glimpsing you in the blink of cinema projectors...oh i can see this...fabulous!!

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  29. It seems to be a lament for a lost loved one, and it sings with sadness, yet brims with bright nostalgia. It is beautiful and well composed.

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