dVerse — Poetics — Mariana

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There is a human wildness held beneath the skin.
– by Jim Harrison, from Songs of Unreason

 

When Sol burns white
sea turns deep green;
where sand warms, my
bones do not shiver. A
pale palm across lids
shadow transports, bass
deep and high to a realm
of relic seasoned whiff;
where incorporate clouds
urge and itch this shroud.
Amygdala oceans crash
and saturate each cell as
I claw and scratch, free,
then leap towards the shore;
to dive where bends wights
soon caterwaul my return.

Top image:  “Underwater Vision,” (1910) by Odilon Redon

Linda Lee Lyberg is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetics. Linda says:
The challenge is to pick one [Jim Harrison] line and use it as an epigraph for a poem inspired by the line. You may write your poem in any form you wish.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the sea images of the wildness… you made me long for a sea that is willing to embrace me in warmth.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, I long for such warmth also.

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  2. Lisa, you have captured the wildness so well. I had to look up ‘amygdala’- what a great word!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Linda. Not a word Harrison would probably use but I like it as a transition word here.

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  3. Gillena Cox says:

    This is fierce and unbeatable.

    much love…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena 🙂

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  4. I almost feel like I have to reread this over and over quickly before it ends…

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  5. sanaarizvi says:

    This is beyond beautiful! 😀 I so love the wildness of the sea here that seems to coincide with human impulses as well! 💝💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sanaa 🙂 ❤

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Like a fevered dream. The Redon is perfect. (K)

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  7. This tells me there can be a wildness that is not meant to be tamed, but rather to be experienced.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Absolutely. I believe too much energy is expended on sustaining domestication and not nearly enough engaging in experiences.

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  8. Sadje says:

    Your words create a vivid vibrant world Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Sadje ❤

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  9. “Amygdala oceans crash
    and saturate each cell”… 🤯 mind blown. Loved every line.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Darius.

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      1. You’re welcome, Lisa ☺️

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  10. Amygdala oceans crash

    *APPLAUSE*

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, David ❤

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  11. Truedessa says:

    Beautifully said, you have found the wilderness in an ocean of emotion.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Your comment is poetry, thank you, Truedessa.

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  12. Sunra Rainz says:

    I agree with Memad (K) too. It came across just like a fevered dream and I was swept along by it. Lovely poem, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to hear you connected with it, Sunra, thank you.

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  13. “Where incorporate clouds
    urge and itch this shroud.”
    🤩🤩

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you like, Veera!

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      1. you’re welcome! 🙂

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  14. rothpoetry says:

    A wonderful set of opening lines for your great poem, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight 🙂 I know I’m behind on your story. Hope to catch up tomorrow. It’s been a whirlwind week. Just got in from clearing the driveway.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        No problem… take your time! Don’t over do…

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  15. Oceans are at their majestic best when they are wild and you captured that so wonderfully, Li! I felt as if I was out at sea. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m glad you connected with it, Punam. Many thanks for your kind words ❤

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      1. You are so welcome. ❤️

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  16. such a beautiful poem for the prompt Lisa!
    💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Cindy, thank you ❤

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  17. Grace says:

    Beautiful. I would love to dive into that sea right now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace, so would I.

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  18. Ain says:

    The wildness within you, and around you, expressed so very well…..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, thank you. Sometimes I wish I could sprout a tail, jump in, and never return to land.

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  19. Helen Dehner says:

    Really enjoyed this, Lisa … a poem chock full of emotion / movement.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Helen!

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  20. writingwhatnots says:

    Wonderful escapism reading this poem!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, so glad to oblige 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  21. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Amygdala…beautiful word…I had to google it. I like the flow of it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max. It’s an interesting part of the brain with a neat name to go with it.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I like words with flow…and thta has it.

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  22. Ingrid says:

    ‘Amygdala oceans crash
    and saturate each cell’

    – I love the power and sound of this image, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ingrid 🙂

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