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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 04:54 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** jason e **


My Unread Poetry

A wooden floor, unswept in years.
Shelves thick with dust.
A rocking chair near a cold fireplace.
An old me.

Outside the log cabin structure
is the emerald-green, tawny-brown
architecture of a summered forest.
Downhill due east hear the waves
lift atop its mother sea.

When you're convinced that beauty
and soul have fallen in love,
return to the rocking chair
and look near my feet.

There you'll find, in this quiet place
not far from the sea, beautiful poetry
written by me. I say the poetry on
the floor was written by me.

Go ahead, read it. I won't be disturbed.

Water from the tap is pale yellow.
Yellow flowers in the windowsill.
Scent of pine is sublime
with time will cover my odor.

So nice.

And everything here is peaceful, serene,
where beauty abounds at a cabin not
far from the sea:

And it's all there, in the poetry
scattered around my feet.
I say it's all there in the poetry
scattered around my (cold) feet.


Love and Words

There awoke in me, on a night enlightened by
magnificent starlight, fancies for poetic pursuit in
the name of love. And of this, an autumn-haired,
spring-eyed beauty of sweet unawareness.

I became a romantic, for all intents & purposes,
and bowed as a knight to his maiden in waiting.
I was taken. I was subdued and held prisoner—
I was willing.

In her heart were the moist soils of Eden, full of music
not heard since the day love was cast upon the world.
I took her hand and splashed the grass with my melting,
saw angels under the gospel of her voice.

I was no longer just a man, but a vessel for poetry.
And I finally knew what it was to be alive:
To inhale love, to exhale words, to truly breathe—
like a sonnet venturing from the page.


Before the Storm Wet the Earth

A ladybug landed on my knee
as I sat alone in a meadow
awaiting the rain.

With its tiny head cocked
and a trust in my silence
it seemed to ask,

"Do you think I am beautiful?"

But all I could do
was look away
and wonder what stories
my face was telling.


jason e lives in Geneva, IL, and works as a naturalist in an herbarium in Lisle. "One of my goals is to bring back a romantic sincerity to poetry which I feel has been overshadowed, and in doing so, not sounding trite," jason e says. "For me, fame and success is subjective, and therefore goes relatively unanalyzed. This enables an honest approach to the creative process. I simply want to enchant peoples' hearts. If accomplished, the work will be taken to its destined level of success."


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