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...inspired by M by Seamus Heaney

Her cranium, its bumps and hollows
cradles secrets stored beneath,
neurons firing, never tiring
of their journeys to belief.

Thin vibrations mold, embolden,
prophecies, cunabula
suffuse the soul, engage the spirit
of the tortured Akhmatova.

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  1. Date: 6/30/2012 7:37:00 AM
    Oh my God, your first stanza gets the heart beating. You capture that Irish store of the dark and deep in words begging to be read. Heaney is another favorite of mine. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 8:53:00 AM
    great write great words great mind,love reading your poetry Keith

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 5:04:00 AM
    i don't know who "the tortured Akhmatova" is, but i loved the poem nonetheless. the first verse is pure undiluted brilliance! write on, keith!

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 11:48:00 PM
    oh, how the mind can wire thoughts, keith.. esoteric yet engaging write for anna.... superbly done!..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 7:22:00 PM
    I had to google this one to see it was a Russian woman you were writing about. I think she must have seen a lot of bad things in her lifetime but also wrote sublimely.