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If Jewels could only know
how I, confined to one position,
abandoned in murky blindness,
observe through passing fevers
and chills the allnight implications
of Scarborough's Canticle
and its harpsichords of mourning ---

[i]You loved me on a sunny April morning,
and your hair was lighter then, shading
your skin lovingly scented with expensive perfume.
Even your name was not your own
as you held me close to the warmth of you,
weeping until ---[/i]

the erratic chills interweaving among melodious crystals ---

[i]we, locked in the clarity
of a spring-morning portrait in oils,
descended into conflicting wells, frozen in embrace,
loving and despising each other ---[/i]

as a stone smashes a shatterproof moment,
frozen in ice, springing rivulets of cleansing tears.

If Jewels could only know
the texture of a rough blanket against a body
too delirious to reflect upon a young man's dying.
Ringing chimes contrasted the sirens of fire,
flaming red sirens of yellow-licking fire,
there in the grass stood a girl-woman in diamonds
with her slim hand extended in the dampening air
of a humid summer evening, all involving ---

[i]Reach out to her, damned fool!
Reach out before the rays of morning
snatch her away from you ---[/i]

and if she could only know
that in reaching, I fell, falling quietly
into a well of happiness
where my body's mind carressed each passing second
and cried out to God to let her survive
the darker hours of night,
counterpointed with piercing spinets
stabbing lightly in jest
at the soul of a whimpering body ---

[i]Kind, my Jewel survived well
into the morning sunlight.[/i]

- James D. Young

Copyright 1967 Sequoya
Copyright renewed 1995 Sequoya


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The following comments are for "JEWELS"
by JamesYoung

Learning Curve Continues...
Either the italics command took a brief vacation or each line must begin and end with the command for italics. Since this is the way it showed up, just pretend, OK? (We had offset the parts I intended to be italicized here, but couldn't figure out how to type it that way without encountering more problems.)

You can read it straight through, or only the "regular" print, or just the "italics" portion. A 3-in-1 deal. Experimented one time with a multi-theme from S&G's "Scarborough Fair/Canticle."

( Posted by: JamesYoung [Member] On: February 23, 2011 )





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