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145th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 145th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

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Also, sign up for the 2012 Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the National Poetry Month Blog Tour from April 2011 and beginning again in April 2012.

Today’s poems is from Carole Bugge (aka C.E. Lawrence):

Meditation on an Ancient Widow

Her husband has just died
after sixty-two years of his stark, lean body next to hers
in their creaking, aged bed with the musty mattress and rusty springs
And now she listens from within this grey house with its peeling paint
weathered wicker chairs and faded sea green shutters
as the wind and the waves beat against the bellows of the bay
Her ancient voice, thin as paper,
dry as the brittle rushes growing along the side of the house
floats across the water to where the buoy floats
bobbing in the restless water with its swelling, roving tides
She sits under the yellow corner lamp, crossword on her lap,
listening to the seagulls run their hollow, falling scales
as they caw and cry and call to each other
the tea in her cup is cold
She draws her sweater close around her thin, sharp shoulders
the curve of her back bent with age
like the prow of a ship
all the more keenly to press through the waves
to cut cleanly through the wake of his leaving
Her body has stored each touch of his hands
sixty-two years of kisses and caresses
sixty-two years of his body next to hers
Self-pity is not in her nature
she is keen and sharp and unsentimental as the sun-bleached driftwood
gathering dust on the window sill
Still, at night she thinks she hears his footsteps along the floorboards
padding slowly down the hall to her room
As the old ship’s clock on the mantel strikes midnight
she turns her face toward the door
and opens her arms to him

What do you think?

About the Poet:

Carole Bugge ( C.E. Lawrence) has eight published novels, six novellas and a dozen or so short stories and poems. Her work has received glowing reviews from such publications as Kirkus, The Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Boston Herald, Ellery Queen, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Winner of both the Euphoria Poetry Competition and the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, she is also a Pushcart Prize nominee and First Prize winner of the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition, the Chronogram Literary Fiction Prize, Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Award, and the Jean Paiva Memorial Fiction award, which included an NEA grant to read her fiction and poetry at Lincoln Center.

A finalist in the McClaren, MSU and Henrico Playwriting Competitions, she has read her work at Barnes and Noble, The Knitting Factory, Mercy College, Merritt Books, the Colony Cafe and the Gryphon Bookstore. She has received grants from Poets and Writers, as well as the New York State Arts Council. Her story “A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin” received an Honorable Mention in St. Martin’s Best Fantasy and Horror Stories, and she was a winner in the Writer’s Digest Competition in both the playwriting and essay categories.

More recently, “Chrysalis” will be appear in an anthology entitled Motherhood, very shortly, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize last month for her poem “In Other Words.”

Her latest book is Silent Kills; stay tuned in May for a guest post and giveaway.

***For Today’s National Poetry Month Blog Tour stop, visit Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia.***

  • http://www.kensingtonbooks.com Michaela Hamilton

    Beautifuil, haunting, and evocative–a rich tapestry of images and feelings.

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thanks, Michaela – you’re a pal!

  • http://bookchatter.net Ti

    This is a poem I can easily take a liking to. The imagery is clear and each word is heavy with meaning. Tells a story from beginning to end. Perfect.

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thank you so much, Ti – I so appreciate your kind comments.

  • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

    Thank you so much for your comments, Peggy – the woman in this poem lived less than a year after her husband died. They were both wonderful people.

  • Peggy

    It is beautiful and incredibly sad. Her loss is palpable and one feels her pain as she tries to fill the awrul void.

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thank you, Peggy – I really appreciate your reading it, and your thoughtful comment.

  • Suzanne

    Vivid and heartbreaking…

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thank you, Suzanne, and thanks so much for reading it.

  • http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com Anna

    Loved this poem. What sadness! I could totally picture the scene in my mind.

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thank you, Anna – it’s interesting to note that in spite of her sadness, this woman was delightful to be around.

  • Beth Hoffman

    I was immediately drawn into this poem My favorite line is this: “to cut cleanly through the wake of his leaving”

    Wonderful prose!

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thank you, Beth – I think that’s my favorite line too. Much appreciated!

  • http://www.lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com Staci@Life in the Thumb

    I loved this one…this is poetry that I can totally get and the imagery comes to life!

    • http://celawrence.com/ Carole Bugge (C.E. Lawrence)

      Thank you so much, Staci!