Tuesday, October 2, 2018

"Tethered" by Sierra July

"Tether" Ink on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
Sierra July

Even in day, darkness is cast
Shady eyes drawn to me, boring
Into my flesh with words
That only I can hear

I shut my own eyes
Will the words out,
Plead the eyes off
To no avail

Then feel the squeeze
Of your hand on mine
Tethering me

I blink at the light in your eyes
Brighter than the sun and I know
I will be fine

Poet's Notes:  This is a simple one about the beauty of holding hands. Thinking of how hand holding works as silent communication to express reassurance, love, or just simply allow the other to feel a presence, I created a scenario that uses all of these messages, although there are many more. I like to appreciate universal signals like smiles and friendly waves, signals that need no translation.

Editor’s Note:  Sierra poetically captures the feeling of holding hands here, whether the subjects be two lovers or parent and child.

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