Sunday, June 9, 2013

For Tom and Rickie Lee

The Echo of What Remains Collected Poems of Wanda Lea Brayton

"Rainbow Sleeves" (written by Tom Waits, sung by Rickie Lee Jones)

Pulses echo on an unforgiving wind -
slow memories drift across this dream
of distance as they weep

wisps of smoke, wafting from inner flames 
which once forged beauty into fiery flesh and ashen song,
a torrent of tattooed tenderness unleashed without mercy.

When I close my eyes, 
I can still feel your mouth tracing my landscape
with its soulful song of nourishment and need.

There are no shadows hiding this harvested horizon -
only emanating light.