Unhooking Harmony

For Miz Quickly’s Impromptu Poetry Day 15: Music


Unhooking Harmony

Lyrics of a song are like fishhook
hopefully tossed to center of pond.
Shimmering dance of silver flashes
through thickening layers from light
to dark, from midnight blue, then black.
At silted bottom anchoring itself
in stems of thought/feeling.

Better just now that music
which has no need of words,
but skims cool skin of water,
like an insect’s wake,
or dream-ordered touch of phantom
lover. Never allowed to snag
to full arousal, desire undulating
just beneath the surface.

Elizabeth Crawford  4/15/13

originally published in Splitting Darkness: Poems by Elizabeth Crawford 1999

Notes: Have always been drawn to song lyrics, for as long as I can remember. However, for over a year after filing for divorce, I listened to only instrumental music. The prompt for today was to listen to instrumental music, then jot down notes to form a poem. So, I spent time looking up and listening to much of that same music. What it reminded me of was this poem. I know that’s a cheat, but I think we are allowed at least one of those during this month of poem madness.


About 1sojournal

Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here: http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/ http://claudetteellinger.wordpress.com/
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7 Responses to Unhooking Harmony

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Love the image of desire undulating just beneath the surface. Yes, lyrics can be painful right after a breakup. Love the “dream-ordered touch of phantom lover.”


  2. Stan Ski says:

    Great image of the ripples, and a real musical feel to this…


  3. julespaige says:

    I have always enjoyed how music and water flow so well together.

    I’ve started posting my longer verse in both ‘B’ and WP:
    The comments are still screened though, but I think once you are approved the first time it doesn’t ask again…


  4. Pamela says:

    If you are going to cheat, Elizabeth, by all means go ahead. What a lovely poem with such a soothing feeling.



  5. Marianne says:

    I’m so glad you shared this lovely poem today, Elizabeth. Truly gorgeous images.


  6. Quickly says:

    This one was meant as a bit of a break. Thanks for bring us this.


  7. What a smooth, flowing poem.


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