October 26, 2013

Weather the Storms: A Poem for Finding Strength.

When in doubt, weather the storms
Whether or not they come to you,
In the deepest and darkest of still nights-
Or if you seek them out in the twilight . . .

You’ll be better off for it,
All steadfast and breathless—
As you mine silent along the core,
And climb knee-deep in your wildest fears.

Last year in a full-skirted moment,
I sang much too loudly the songs I knew,
As I traveled long steep slopes of wonder
And came out the other end a lover in the fog.

Sometimes I dance along the fringes of youth,
Other moments are mired in passings of childhood-
And still, the shadows and longings stay unbridled,
Somber and allusive as well, but never distant.

Tomorrow, the winds may blow me onward,
Toward stretched-out skies of forever poems
And maybe, even you—may ask me once again,
If I remember the first time I touched your man-cheek.

Fallen not so into love but away from sadness,
I let myself go in the presence of your quiet.
As you watch the moon tides with a boyish gleam
And all that I want to is hear you breathe.

Now that another summer is gone,
I yearn for morning and night to last long
To bask in dew-sprouted love making,
In both the glow of bird-songs and moonlight.

Yet when you glanced at my hair, tousled and free,
It seemed noon forever, and the weather turned sad
As I pulled at your man-sweated shoulders,
To face me while I danced your favorite rhythms.

But I know all the seasons of being,
The rising tides always forgive as much
So I raised my legs and hands more bright,
Even though you left so somber, I had my own song.

Never mind the pixelated critics, I roar,
Now is time I to smell my own scent
In the stillness and deafening cries of sweet,
And in the frailty of wonder I only know as one.


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Ed: Bryonie Wise

Photo: Marianna Armata on Pixoto.


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Francesca Biller is an award-winning investigative journalist who has written, reported, and covered news and features about politics, culture, race, family issues, and culture for more than 20 years. While her career began as a print reporter and columnist for newspapers and magazines, Biller turned her passion also to news broadcast reporting for public radio, wherein she produced documentary reports for which she received The Edward R. Murrow Award, two Golden Mike Awards, and three Society of Professional Journalists Awards for Best Series Reporting, Documentary Series, and Live Radio Reporting. Currently, she is writing two books for publication with Zorba Press which includes stories and prose about her Japanese and Russian background and cultural identity discoveries.