Dear Pleiades

Photography by Alan Dyer


We began in bright, perihelial shades
Trampoline back tucks and glittery eyelids, adding to your shine
Remember that mall run with your preteen friends, blasting the radio in the car?
You discover sex, assault, their concomitance, body and blood, pleasure and pain-
ful silence, the prevalence of the sick union,
Pot and late-night philosophy, polemics as a temporary fix, biochemistry of matter, custom weddings, mortgaging your dreams —
Fusion. You are energy and invincible.
Mantra รก cappella, sonic flare, my voice trails off cold as I make no light
Flashes and specks of the wide world swirl and you gather
Forming a question mark from my perspective and one I will never cease to wonder…
We are cosmically different.
You are organs, I am blood;
You are stars, I am comet.
I am not your bridesmaid or godmother to your kin
I am not your gossip girlfriend or sage wise woman
But no sense in apologizing for something I am not:
Equal to you.
On ethereal pilgrimage,
I will forever be approaching your mythicized light or retreating into vast space
Where I find home
Never fixed like you, never to remain.

So when I say, “I love you”
Can you let the meaning be absorbed into your cores, alchemized to blaze more brightly than I could ever manage on my own?
Or is my love not real to you seven radiant sisters, nothing but ice and dust?
When the universe ends and we are together crunched into one last trace of identity, will we at last have communicated that one thing?

.

ยฉ2018, Amaya Engleking

Inspired by Bjรถrn’s prompt last week on epistolary poetry. I was too busy with sick children to participate then, but I’ll link this to Thursday’s Open Link Night. ‘Dear Pleiades’ (Pleiades, the constellation of the “seven sisters”) is addressed to my seven sisters: one biological, six by marriage.

Image Credit: Amazing Sky

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42 comments

  1. Dibaakor · March 7

    Nice..

  2. qbit · March 7

    “You are organs, I am blood;
    You are stars, I am comet.”

    That is just amazing.

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 8

      You are kind to say, but it’s how I’ve constituted myself in my cosmology forever. I’m blood, I move.

  3. Mia ~ Copper Cranes · March 7

    Beautiful and heartfelt, so lovely, Amaya.

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 8

      Thank you, dear Mia. Sisterhood can be so intricate, near impossible to navigate.

  4. Eli Kyoko · March 7

    Wow, I am really in awe!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 8

      Thank you, Eli. I admire your writing. I hope to see you here again:)

      • Eli Kyoko · March 8

        You’re always welcome ๐Ÿ’– I’d surely come back for more ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒน

  5. Diana · March 7

    So incredible! I scour, I read words upon amateur words and praise and smile.
    But this, this is majestic. Rare.
    To say I love it would be understated….

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 8

      It is a personal piece wrought with a lot of hurt and even more love. I just feel so inadequate sometimes…

      But it warms my heart that you connected with these words so much. Thank you.

      • Diana · March 8

        My pleasure. Magnificent really..
        There is nothing at all inadequate in these words. They tower.
        If they are a reflection of you, as I know they are, such thoughts are an ego aberration ๐Ÿ˜Œ
        Take good care.

  6. I do love what you did with your sisters here… the descriptions of growing up together, with the hardships and the joy, of shining together and also thinking about the love that gravitate you together… fabulous writing

  7. annell4 · March 8

    Wonderful writing!

  8. Victoria C. Slotto · March 8

    Such a luminous arc in this, Amaya. I like the progression and the climax. To me, this line is a gift: But no sense in apologizing for something I am not:

  9. sanaarizvi · March 8

    โ€œYou are organs, I am blood;
    You are stars, I am comet.โ€

    Love this!๐Ÿ’–

  10. Heartfelt poem and powerful in its core.

    Your choice of words are incredible and fantastic like a sword. This is so good and really really powerful message.

  11. Vivian Zems · March 8

    I love the form and how you eventually landed with proclaiming your love for your siblings. Complicated… and yet simple in message.

  12. Linda Kruschke · March 8

    I want to say I love this, but there are a few lines that spoke to a deep part of me that understands and can’t quite love the memories:
    “You discover sex, assault, their concomitance, body and blood, pleasure and pain-
    ful silence, the prevalence of the sick union,”
    But I suppose the emotion you’ve provoke with your thoughtful words is greater compliment than saying simply “I love this.”

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 10

      I just want to be able to share the pain (joy too) given the opportunity. But in my family, myself included, we tend to just close ourselves off, not wanting to be more of a burden. This is common human behavior, actually, but if we’re attuned to God, then we will know the power in drinking from the same bitter cup. Sharing is the way to alleviate the hurt, and increase the happiness.

      I sincerely thank you for your heartfelt response, Linda, and I bow my head to your past suffering.

  13. scotthastiepoet · March 8

    Bold and beautifully raw work Amaya – I will be back for more… And yes, we are always just beginning… The glimpses we get, tell us so…

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 10

      Thank you, Scott, for your illuminating perspective:
      “…The glimpses we get, tell us so…”
      I welcome your comments and consideration anytime:)

  14. Grace · March 8

    I marvel at the deep connections between sister as well as the difference in the journeys and blazing points.

    Perhaps in the end, we may be found all in the same place – home. This is my favorite part:
    On ethereal pilgrimage,
    I will forever be approaching your mythicized light or retreating into vast space
    Where I find home

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 10

      “Perhaps in the end, we may be found all in the same place โ€“ home.”

      How comforting and invoking of deep, deep peace, Grace. Thank you.

  15. rothpoetry · March 8

    A great tribute to strong women everywhere!
    Dwight

  16. rosross · March 8

    Powerful and profound. A soul write.

  17. Colin Lee · March 8

    A powerful write from personal experience. “I will forever be approaching your mythicized light or retreating into vast space / Where I find home / Never fixed like you, never to remain.” Such pain, yet such liberation.

  18. Frank Hubeny · March 8

    I liked the question in the last two lines.

  19. MORALITY PARK · March 8

    My word. I wish I could conjure up a compliment worthy of this piece but I would fail miserably. This is the most powerful piece I’ve read in ages. Much respect.

    -A.G

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 10

      I appreciate your being here, A.G. and I welcome you with open arms whenever you have a few moments. Yes, this one was deeply personal, as the prompt asked that we address someone (or something abstract.) But what are we all doing here if we’re not going for authentic communication and soul expression/sharing?

      • MORALITY PARK · March 10

        Thank you for the warm welcome, Amaya. And I agree with you. It is all about that fusion of authenticity & soul expression.

  20. Brendan · March 10

    A fistful of flung star-dollars here to say what unequivocal between the I and Thou. And why not? What else are we going to do with the accumulated winds gathered from the lonely spaces between stars?

  21. lillian · March 10

    Ah, sibling relationships….youโ€™ve explored and explained and pondered them well here. The question Iโ€™ve always thought about, if we were not siblings, would we have found each other somehow in this universe?

  22. Imelda · March 10

    I like the tension here between being a part of a group and an individual and the underpinning love that binds the different parts of the pleiades. ๐Ÿ™‚ Very creative write here.

  23. Bekkie Sanchez · March 10

    A fab bit of writing I enjoyed very much!

  24. Kathy Reed · March 10

    Great response to that prompt! The Pliedes are a favorite of mine and you made them more special…saving.

  25. MORALITY PARK · September 15

    Reblogged this on MORALITY PARK.

  26. Blogging_with_Bojana · September 15

    Very authentic. I’m in awe. You’re so talented, Amaya.

  27. mydangblog · September 15

    Gorgeous.

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