What is real to thee
So real does it ever seem,
May be a phantom.
Take care this realness
Is not a dagger with which
To slay thine own soul
Below the fold:
A fairytale element? One reader mentions this in her comment in the following sonnet. I thought I would mention, also in that light that, in the third person, the verb “to demean” conjugates to “demeans.” This is an exact homonym for “demesnes” which of course is a more courtly (appropriately fairytale-esque) form of “domain” which tends also to reference a kingdom, or a king’s holdings. I had originally written “demeans” to be used as a noun when it had then occurred to me that these two were homonyms. I do sometimes use gerunds or denominals for this purpose; sometimes to obfuscate a meaning, but perhaps even more often, to emphasize one.
Very nice. I like this one a lot, dear.
Of course this sequence is about everything you are not! And I do so admire you for it.
Really powerful words – thanks for sharing Cheers J
I know our own innocence to be a concious choice. Thank you.
I am so glad you expounded on “demesnes” to give a deeper meaning to the purpose of the use of the word. It is a word rarely seen and I was pleased beyond measure to read it in your poem. I had used it in a sentence a few months ago and my husband said to me that for someone who writes very bad and unformed poetry, I sometimes astounded him by my use of words such as demesnes. I raised my eyebrow at him and sniffed and went back to writing another lousy un-poem. I need to get back to my haiku. I feel a need to empty myself and begin again that trek to purity. Your latest postings urges me to haiku and udon….I think I shall also post my recipe for that as well. Bravo! David. You have inspired me more in two posting than long dust Will ever did.
Actually, the last sonnet: Bravissimo.
I look forward to more of your poetic words–whether deliberate or otherwise. Beautiful words flow like water from your pen. There is a kind of Zen thingie which comes of the magic that seems to occur when you are not even consciously trying.
About writing, and dust, whether short or long I offer up this reverse Spenserian:
May it resonate… or not : )
I loved your addition of “below the fold” – learning something new – thank you.
That is a practice in which I may more indulge. Most welcome.