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Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 03:26 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Natalia L. Rudychev **


between the lines

*
light tender verses
written by way of clouds melt
into the evening
as spindle summons quietly
magpies to bridge the river

*
in the darkest hour
when grief can not be expressed
by the words that fail
cutting diamond of poet
carves the mirror of my soul

*
two pairs of the eyes
burn through each other missing
a single glance of love
is lost among reflections
in labyrinth of mirrors

*
there’s no history
when God said, “Let there be light”
the night of heaven
opened eyelids of the stars
falling in love at first sight

*
blossoming lilac
constellations of flowers
put to shame the stars
composing delightful scrolls
of the five-petal tanka

*
for Tanabata
i have only two wishes
clear sky in July
as the Seventh Moon rises
and the blue song of Lyra

*
the moon at its birth
milky smoke over water
is hiding the smile
of the growing power lit
in the heart of this night

*
i’m but an orphan
even your verses can’t soothe
the pain of my loss
the essence that has no name
is hidden between the lines

*
when in the morning
the sun will spread bright wings
illuminating
the window of your abode
i shall awaken smiling




~wings of flight~

Ophelia
Ray Johnson
sea somewhere
said last good bye
a parti-colored line
of letter-leaves
is stretched into
the sunset
the verses cover clouds
in close print
Ophelia
the name of primal yearning
for those
who drifting in the stream of ages
create a patch of light
with brush of solar beam
at School of CorresponDANCE
bits of mail
are sent to death
and bear triangle stamp
Ray Johnson
waves form lines for notes
of long-awaited letter
homing-pigeon
pecks one by one
the twinkling lights of night
Ophelia … Ray Johnson
…..wings of flight…..



…hanami…

i do miss you
red moth of the heart
beats against the cold lunar lantern
in the time just preceding the light
beating’s dying away
and the contours of branches
soften up
gently covered with dust of exhausted pulsations
i do miss you
you know
the morning today
will revive empty garden
while calendar leaps over season
i do miss you
transparent wings grow cold
sun infuses with color
white snowy canvas
i do miss you
the moth turned to crystal and broke
lucky charm
for reverting to children
forever
i do miss you
the branches are heavy with blooms
vernal air is filled with caresses
come and see
i’ll present you this morning
a magical plea
to impossible wintery dare
hanami


Natalia Rudychev lives in Des Plaines, IL. She is a philosophy Ph.D. student at Duquesne University. She has published several scholarly articles on Joyce, Hegel, and Tarkovsky. Rudychev says: " hanami was inspired by Japanese holiday of adoration of flowers. between the lines was inspired by Japanese festival of love Tanabata. And ~wings of flight~ was inspired by life, death, and creative work of Ray Johnson."


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