But Wishes Breed Not

Fallow time, moon-dark: no power

of words nor healing much less

smiles tears or beauty-making

(feeble light flickers in clouded lantern)

 

You know the black river under

starless skies ever cold and silent

No remedy but surrender

touch bottom (source-love)

and resurface

 

Title borrowed from “We Lying by Seasand,” by Dylan Thomas.

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42 thoughts on “But Wishes Breed Not

  1. Got to be honest and say this is Advanced Level Poetry i.e. way out of my comfort zone or comprehension range. That said I can appreciate the depth and feeling that went into it. Can imagine those more honed in this form of writing will love it.

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    1. Paul, you inspire me to work harder, because I do want my poetry to be accessible. I’ll allow it to be out of your comfort zone, but not your comprehension range. 🙂

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  2. This is lovely, Jennifer. Reminds me a bit of Adrienne Rich’s Diving poem (can’t remember the title). One of my favorites.

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  3. P.S. I think poetry should require a little work. Not intentionally obfuscating, but you have to linger on poetry, take time to hear each word. I think that’s a good thing. IMHO.

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    1. Yes, linger. We really aren’t in the habit of reading that way, are we? These days, when I read a poetry collection, I’m always wanting a blank page in between the poems, to give my brain time to digest.

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    1. Thank you. I am just getting into more of Dylan Thomas’ work–been reading his Collected Poems. I love his word-play.

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  4. Fan-flibbity-tastic, Jennifer! Your use of hyphens added an element of a game being played that is unexpected. Like a teeter totter? Or maybe more like a tug-of-war? Moon-dark, source-love. Am I overanalyzing?

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    1. haha, I admit I have a fondness for hyphens–and dashes–I think it started with Beowulf and that kenning thing 😉

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  5. Dang, those last three lines in particular. But really, every word was perfect. I really loved this poem, Jennifer. It is so beautifully constructed. And the images – “fallow time,” “black river” – gorgeous. Really nicely done. Thanks for linking it up.

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