dVerse — Poetics — just the baubles, please!

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You all know the wild grief that besets us
when we remember times of happiness.
– Ernst Junger, On the Marble Cliffs,
John Lehmann, 1947

If, if only we could choose them, severed
threads cauterized, polished and shining
like coins rolling end over end in sunlight,
when it’s always what we call it — where
we win. Where jackpot lights get stuck
flashing and bells peal our blessings
of happiness.

Instead, neither tails nor heads, they land
with soon-tarnished tin, hollow, raw laments
that make the dog howl. As all who have
loved, as all have, you all know the wild grief
that besets us when we remember times
of happiness.

Basking but a moment in the bliss, scrub
tendrils soon sprout and tangle into the
aftermath of absence, leaving bloody, soon-
to-be vacuums of grief that throb like root
canals when the anesthetic has worn off.
Oh that there was such a procedure to
grind out the nerves and pulp of the heart
of happiness.

top image is “Tangle Doodle,” by Rob Stevenson

Linda Lee Lyberg is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetics.  Linda says:
So, dear readers, I have chosen 12 opening sentences from Opening Sentences of Famous Novels, by Leon Mazzella,  published by Fitway Publishing for you to ponder over and choose one that will serve as a jumping off point for your poem today. [Choose one of]  the sentences, with the Author and book title. Please reference which sentence you chose, either as an epigraph or author’s note.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol anne says:

    Stunning and very powerful Li! ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol Anne, thank you!

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  2. It’s such an odd combination- grief and love. Your words have made me feel both. Incredible Lisa. And I am a huge Elvis Costello fan- this song is perfect.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you for the high praise. Much appreciated. I’m a big Elvis Costello fan also ❤

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  3. merrildsmith says:

    Such visceral imagery, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, the starting quote is like the first domino. Linda chose some great lines.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        Yes, I agree. You’re welcome, Lisa.

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  4. fireblossom32 says:

    Have you ever seen the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”? Once when I was in misery over a broken relationship, the best friend of the one i was miserable over heard me say I wished I’d never met them, and recommended I watch that movie and i wouldn’t say that. i did, and bawled my eyes out and they were right–I never said that again.

    I was curious to see which line you would choose as your inspiration, and this one is an excellent choice. You’ve caught that root canal type pain.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes I saw it and it does feel like you’re damned either way.

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  5. Those lines. .the hollow coins spinning grief…stunning.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, thank you.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Love and loss, always intertwined. That is one of Elvis’ best albums, too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Elvis and Burt, a formidable combination!

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  7. Love and loss, always intertwined 💖

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  8. rothpoetry says:

    Wow! this is really intense. Your last verse especially…
    Oh that there was such a procedure to
    grind out the nerves and pulp of the heart
    of happiness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Poetry makes a wonderful tool for venting doesn’t it 🙂

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Yes it is really great!

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  9. Sadje says:

    This hits too the core of the soul with its truth.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, that line I chose to write to absolutely sings the truth you’re right. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  10. Ooh, that analogy! Loss of love does leave a nerve-jangling pain. Very visceral write, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, thank you. The quote is so brilliant and says so much. A perfect jumping-off point.

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      1. Indeed. You are so welcome.

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  11. I have always thought of loss like this is like the phantom pains after loosing a limb… very strong poem

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bjorn, that’s a good comparison.

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  12. hedgewitch says:

    “Oh that there was such a procedure..” indeed. There is only time, and that is not always the great healer it’s often touted to be, and tends to be inefficient and incomplete in what it scissors away. This is a poem that captures a universal experience and its lingering aftermath of mood and loss, and makes its point with great eloquence.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Joy, I appreciate what you see in the poem. You say it so well. Thank you ❤

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