13 April 2006

XVII The Moon, Fred Martin

              You Had A Nightmare

              Then the wide-eyed
              shock of waking

              the surprise of bedsheets

              street lights through
              the usual windows

              and these arms of mine,
              again around you.
posted by Gilbert at Thursday, April 13, 2006

9 Comments:

Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

comfort in the last two lines. perfect.
Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

January 04, 2006  
Blogger MB said...

I particularly like the line the surprise of bedsheets. But I also like the way the poem's point of view seems to transition - from the focus on what "you" is experiencing to the present "arms of mine" - it seems to echo the transition the waker must make, while also being a sympathetic observation.

January 04, 2006  
Blogger the cloned corpse of marcus tal said...

Another fine poem, Gilbert. The brevity is a touch of purity.

I have written a poem inspired by your poetry on my site.

Best Wishes.

January 05, 2006  
Blogger floots said...

aaah
(see - i can be succinct too)
there is so much encapsulated in this one
thank you

January 05, 2006  
Blogger Orso Dorato said...

Short but powerful, The picture is perfect for this poem as well

January 05, 2006  
Blogger El-Branden Brazil said...

Dear Gilbert,

Of course I remember you! By all means use my photographs for your poetry.
All I ask is that there are appropriate credits and links.

I hope all is well in Singapore. I am returning back to my lif in Tokyo at
the end of the month, after a pretty turbulent year in Britain. Anyway, all
the best to you and your projects.

Kind regards,

Branden

P.S. Tried sending an e-mail, but returned.

January 05, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Hi Branden
Thank you very much! I love your photos and I can see how some of them can make good companions with my poems.

MB
You read my poem very well ... Think you saw everything I was tryng to do. :)

Everyone:
Thank you for the kind words!

January 05, 2006  
Blogger TwistedNoggin said...

ooo I like that. Vivid, simple, clear, succinct. I see so much in so few words.

I just love your work. :)

January 06, 2006  
Blogger hugewhaleshark said...

Got me thinking about who You might be. I sleep with my elder daughter, because Mommy sleeps with the baby in the guest bedroom. Even more apt in my situation, I think.

I like the short ones best, Gilbert.

January 14, 2006  

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