SAINTS IN MY RAIN by Silva Zanoyan Merjanian
by Steven McCabe
I learned the rain in cursive slants
I learned lying on doubts
spread on the sacred and not
spread on my bed, my pillow, my exhale
the crust of every lie I loved
tainted with silver sliver of your tongue
I turned that night on its back
after you went to bed
your streets indebted
to shadows of restless dreams
bruising on its replaced ribs
where trash collectors compress
in the ruble
life’s severed limbs
an envy here
a longing there
a nothingness holier than my prayers
and I add
that face without the lips
under the face with muffled shame
under the face I used to have
on heaps of unfinished poems
where a lemon tree and jasmine blossoms
colored and scented at my fingertips
I learned the rain in every lie
in stammer of your pavements
where Saints gather in line at rock bottoms stacked
between my howl and a crow’s black squawk
wrists dripping prayers on St Rita’s solemn face
she sympathizes but says tonight she owns the ledge
there’s always mad laughter at the foot of beds
where Saints sleep on their sides facing the drapes
that catch the city’s quieting breath
misting under street lamps
that catch impelled compromise
in bourbon shots and blues on a clarinet
as lonely as you
that time when you asked my name
sometimes I tell you
long after you’ve gone to bed
Silva Zanoyan Merjanian is a widely published poet residing in Southern California. Her work is featured in international publications. Silva’s second volume of poetry Rumor will be released by Cold River Press in March 2015.
So grateful for this collaboration! Stunning work!
Thank you Silva! A beautiful poem, very inspiring, and wonderful to collaborate!
Yes I really loved that poem
I have always put images in the heart of my poems
Would love to do poetry film some day,
Away to the land of counterpane now.
Wonderful! Thank you Margaret.
A wondrous work/i certainly Will Investgate Further/ Thanx
Thank you for your visit and thoughts!
I loved this poem and the illustrations that went with it…thanks to Cold Water Press is fabulous, too, for publishing it
Thank you Allegra.
Thank you Allegra!
You’ve caught the colours of rain on your tongue, on your brush. Glorious, Steve!
Thank you Penn. Yes the rain permeating the poem sort of got its hooks or ‘cursive slants’ in me! :- )
“a longing there
a nothingness holier than my prayers”
An exquisite rendering of Soul’s sacred secrets.
Thank you Jeanie. It is beautifully said isn’t it. I hope Silva sees your response.
Thank you so much for the responses. So grateful for the appreciation here. Jeanraffa, PennKemp,Allegra,namelessneed.
Fantastic collaboration! Both sides are so good.
Thank you Richard!
Thank you Richard! So happy you visited and enjoyed.
The calm holiness on the fraying edge of sanity’s decay or descent- that is how the poem and images make me feel. Watching the veiled world merge into the angelic hosts. The green is beautiful- It is a profound thing to watch your atmospheric palette shift subtly across the spectrum, Steven. Your use of color is light that is always communicating ancient truths, and also something of time itself too.
Thank you for the beautiful poem and images, Silva and Steven.
Thank you Jackbaumgartner. I agree with everything you said about the color.
Thanks for an in depth look at this alignment, Jack. I appreciate where your thoughts and impressions are coming from. Love this idea of ‘calm holiness on the fraying edge of sanity’s decay or descent…’ evoked by the poem and image.
The screen offers an illumination itself – sort of a cross between ‘magic lantern’ and book. I appreciate your impressions of the colour & light.
I wanted to twig into the emotional reality of the poem.
Dear Steven ….breathtaking poetry , achingly so ! Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday …I wish to spend an afternoon here you poetry touches deep and is so very beautiful …blessings xxxmeg
Hello megdekorne, (perhaps Meg). I agree with you, this poem by Silva is simply beautiful. Thank you for visiting other posts on the blog. Very glad you arrived here in cyberland. All best!