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Friday, March 11, 2011

Saturday Poem Of the Week: Deja vu

The theme for this week’s Poetry Potluck was Idols, Role Models and Mentors. An array of submissions honored parents, teachers, spiritual leaders, siblings, pop stars, artists and others. For this week’s feature poem I chose Déjà vu by a poet new-to-me, James Rainsford.

The poem is a memorial for a woman who has died in the distant past, someone who has had a deep impact on the poet. We cannot be sure of the relationship except that it was marked by a deep love and respect. One of the things that I admire in this piece is James’ ability to express profound emotion without becoming maudlin. The poem, built on an encounter that triggered his memory and sense of loss, is accompanied by a compelling image. If you did not have the opportunity to visit his blog, you will want to check it out at: http://thesanctumofsanity.blogspot.com/

Déjà vu
by James Rainsford
In Memoriam for Betty Hardy

She wasn’t you
Standing at a strange bar
In a Carmarthen pub.
This lovely girl, living in your mask
Laughed with another voice.
Surrounded, as you once were
By boys, futureless as memory,
Young as immortality.

No. She wasn’t you.
But, only time, and place, and death,
Disproved her face was yours.
And only growing with regret
Kept me from foolishness.
Allowing me to bear the unexpected pain
Of seeing once again, your stunning face
Enthused with life.
No, she wasn’t you.
You were three hundred miles
And twenty years away.
And not alive, to hear me say
I saw your lovely image
Laugh again today.

Thanks for participating in the Potluck this week. We hope to see your delectable entries for Monday’s theme of Food, Drink and Indulgences.

Victoria Ceretto-Slotto: http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com
Uma Anandame: http://umaspoembook.blogspot.com/


Jingle said...

lucky James,

smart Victoria,

wow, Glad to see you two connect via poetry.

His poem is superb indeed,

beautiful choice.


Ramesh Sood said...

Absolutely delightful..it touches..made my day..right at the start here in India..

ds said...

Wonderful, powerful poem. Thank you.

JamieDedes said...

What a fine, fine selection. I enjoyed the poem and the analysis was right on. Agree!

Lovely poem and wonderful into to a new to me poet.