Steeped – quadrille for dVerse

hair coiled like ammonites
she hangs

suspended

steeped in nostalgia –
memories darkening around her,
twining smoke,

blind to the fading photograph,
the dust gathering,
the echoes scattering
like sunlight on water

my paper nautilus adrift
on the turbulent ocean

endlessly spiralling
inward
seeking depth

Mish is hosting quadrille night at dVerse, the poets’ pub. The word is “steep” but the prices aren’t. Boom boom.

30 thoughts on “Steeped – quadrille for dVerse

  1. I have a clear image from your quadrille, Sarah, which is a watercolour and has lots of blues. I like the ‘hair coiled like ammonites’, the ‘twining smoke’ and the ‘paper nautilus adrift / on the turbulent ocean’.

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  2. Hmmm, rich. But I don’t understand the photograph — introduced as “the” photograph, as if I should know it. And I wasn’t sure about what echoes.
    I looked up ammonite images (very cool) and see them as extinct ancestor of the nautilus (also had to look up) but not sure why yours is paper. Sorry, on lost reader. But loved phrases and vocabulary.

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  3. the echoes scattering
    like sunlight on water

    oh Sarah – i have never read something so beautiful as this – i think of all the unheard words and silent dreams

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  4. This is incredibly beautiful, Sarah! ❤️ Being human we do tend to hold on to the past (regardless of whether it’s good or bad) especially love the use of paper nautilus 🙂

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  5. I like the blending of visual and auditory with…”the echoes scattering
    like sunlight on water”…wonderful imagery. This quadrille made me think of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s.

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  6. beautiful images , Sarah.
    “my paper nautilus adrift
    on the turbulent ocean”
    To be honest, I don’t spend too much time searching for a poem’s meaning…I just like the pictures this creates…well done!

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  7. steeped in nostalgia –
    memories darkening around her,
    twining smoke,

    There is a sense of memory loss as if she is trying to hold on to the light. It made me feel weepy in a good way.

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  8. Beautiful description here…..steeping in nostalgia….memories echoing, scattering like sunlight on water. I picture her in a pensive mood, alone, thinking about more youthful times.
    The memory can be like a nautilus with one memory spiraling back to another to another….deeper deeper into the past. When we are older, there is more distance for the spiraling.

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  9. I love how the imagery is all connected with spirals – very much like a “trip down memory lane” except the lane is made of water and it curves around eddies. Beautiful work!

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