Tasting the Light by Ellen S. Jaffe
by Steven McCabe
I taste the light
coming through the window.
(from “Odysseus and Circe,” Anne Simpson)
Pouring, like you,
into my heart,
washing over my skin
flowing waves and circling particles
currents of surprise, delight.
I am water, and I am a gull, flying …
a gulf wide and deep as Mexico
replenishing after spills and spoils
You fish me, for stars
lost boys and missing girls
fallen into the hole of our fears
O is an open mouth,
one closed eye,
and one open
a black hole where light cannot flow
now light from the window of opportunity
swallows us whole
and we shine
Ellen S. Jaffe’s most recent book of poetry, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse (Guernica Editions, 2014) has recently been launched. Tasting the Light is a new poem, not yet published. Ellen lives in Hamilton, writes poetry and prose, and teaches writing in schools and community centres.
Wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing.
My pleasure. Thank you for your visit.
Love the line over diffuse colour, reminds me of stained glass
Thank you Pierre. It’s interesting how the digital medium with its backlit screen can approximate that look & with a ‘washing’ effect.
I also really love the use of colour and light in this piece, as well as the line. It’s what I “saw” in the writing. And yes, a bit like Klee (whom I also love) — and like life-forms…
Great to hear your thoughts Ellen…about colour and light and music and fusing the senses. You have given us an illumination or ‘underpainting’ to the poem.
Superb poem and your image variations flow with it like music….the whole playing through thoughts and emotions as a fugue in cathedral light…
Thank you for your thoughts about the poem John.
And I love the idea of images flowing with it like music.
& Cathedral light. Very poetic.
and thanks from me, too! I like your hearing music in it, as well as seeing light. I like fusing the senses — including taste, smell, and touch.
Love your interpretation, Steven – those gentle washes and your line is very Klee-like at times.
thanks so much Richard. This line seemed to be suggested by the poem.
And I love Klee.
Hi Steven, I agree with Clinock that this was a very musical piece- your pictures with the words. I really like the palm frond fern heart arrow head of sitar or lute partner to the profile of the singer witness in all the light of a bright morning. I can feel the light and the wind.
Hi Jack, Nice to think of these words and images as musical. The fern-sitar sounds very musical and alive at the same time. Beautiful. Thank you.