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Fate On The Feathers

When I met you in the language of lonely war
three feathers fastened to your breast breathing sore
many graves of gentlemen knew your score and the devil deigned for more,
tears you had for all times rhymes and ribs broke from crimes making aching lore,
ink of fire you did pour, scold and scorch on skin red soft, truly poetry the maze and metaphor,

A feather you gave with each kiss and wound to savor
their texture smooth as silken vapor, tips cut cruel by sibyl's saber,
quills and spells I made of them, heaven and venom in every lash and letter
when love was innocent, revolutionary, rampant with rogue fight, rapid on soul river
with hawk's edge I wrote with might and flight, dominant on the flesh of firmament's blue leather,

Where the owl's point pierced the vellum of victory's scripture
antebellum affections covered our eyes with wings of damp wisdom and cool color,
together we took the touch of roses and razors, feeling the sting and arousal of friendly danger
as the nights knew more than days, secrets grew sweeter, dreams bolder, howls heavy and louder,
our zenith reached the zone quiet calm black, a raven's stem sealed the song of sleeping stranger -



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  1. Date: 5/27/2015 2:17:00 AM

    I really like your poem it is fascinating, excellent write J B., I will be back to re-read and comment on poem........A M.
  1. Date: 5/23/2015 11:57:00 PM

    continued 1- amazing descriptions, and all throughout. I love how you weave various majestic birds into your metaphors, and into your tapestry of memoir, with the piercingly audacious owl with its wings of wisdom and color, the hawk, describing your mighty, adventurous and dominant edge your art blooms with triumphantly, and of course that beautifully mysterious raven who leaves one silenced entirely… to me, they almost signify the phases in some extremely unique relationship! Or maybe even an individual’s own life…
  1. Date: 5/23/2015 11:57:00 PM

    continued 2- and then I return to the beginning, and it sort of makes sense why she should wear those three different feathers upon her breast, telling a story all their own. The ending is very painful and beautiful. The silence stings one with wonder… all in all, this poem is so intense with affection and majesty. You sway me into another world with your exploratory, priceless words, and that’s what I will admire about you forever. Love always, Laura
  1. Date: 5/23/2015 11:56:00 PM

    J.A.B: First and foremost, I absolutely love you and your STUNNING poetry. Each poem you have posted on here leaves a mark on my mind and soul. With that being said, let me just say, this new poem of yours is so gorgeous; just from first glance, I knew it was going to be a fav. I leave it to you to indulge the reader with unique and extraordinary imagery—your mind must be like a wonderland! “their texture smooth as silken vapor, tips cut cruel by sibyl's saber,”…wow…