Cave Voices

1.
We don’t know starlight
so long here in the dark
Stay—the labyrinth is safe
quite safe! The monster gone
long and long ago
I didn’t mean to say We
I am quite alone

2.
I follow the thread of her voice
her singing in earth-heart
how unlike the glass-chime
grinding of the spheres
in my clockwork daylight
more like breath of stardust
life-ember hum

3.
The labyrinth is endless
and no cheating death

The thread of her voice
all stardust echoes stilled

The monster is still here
rumbling, low and long

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17 thoughts on “Cave Voices

  1. How is it we think so alike? I am all about living in caves these days. Some posts coming on that.

    This is lovely — are you thinking of Ariadne? That is what came to my mind reading. I love what you have done with echoes of thoughts bouncing around – kind of like echoes of sound in a cave. Really nice.

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  2. This takes my breath away. Truly a masterpiece. One of those poems that makes me think I should give up writing poems and just read yours. I love the voice, the switching of directions and speeds at the end of the first stanza – almost intimate, as though the speaker drops some pretence and really speaks from the heart. I read the monster as that dark place in everyone’s inner core – self doubt or worse. Really powerful!

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    1. Thank you. ❤ NO!! Thank you. Ooh, I like that. Thank you.

      But seriously, this comment is right now being tucked away in my happy file. Such a glow to get this kind of feedback, especially when I feel a piece has fallen together well. 🙂 Super appreciated.

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