Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Gentle Thunder Between Two Hearts

Her smile is my bridge--
I can see it
can touch it
and I know it is there,
and I wish it would last forever.

Her laugh is my symphony--
I cannot hear it
cannot feel it
but it's melody is in my soul,
building a sonata this night.

Her heartbeat is a gentle thunder,
music that my own heart answers
beat for beat for beat.

Listening to her song...
walking her curving path,
the storm--and the nights
are not quite so long
as they were before.

Above: A thunderstorm during a sunset. Over a bridge, no less. How lucky can one be to find pics like that that match up so well with the subject? Especially considering that they are free domain pictures from NASA, and Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Below: If you look closely, you can see a pinkish glow from refracted sunlight in the air just before the the darkness, indicating a spectacular sunset is taking place.


singleton said...

Clinkity Tink! That's the bomb my friend,
a smile....
a bridge....
laughter in the wind!

eric1313 said...


You summed it up perfectly:

The Bomb!

Exactly, my friend, no matter how far away, we can remain kindred and close. I've had this one for a little while, but only now was it the right time to post it.

Josie said...

Her smile is my bridge--
I cannot see it
cannot touch it
but I know it is there;
and I wish it would last forever.

Beautiful...! It is there, and you will find it, and it will last forever!

eric1313 said...


I hope so! I'm not looking, not really, anyway, but if I stumble or shuffle past it, I'll know.

And I thank you for your optimism. It's infectious, you know?

ivan said...

Strange synchronicity here.

I was told by my students while in the middle of my divorce to write poetry somewhat like yours. They said it would be good therapy.

Well,what you've got up isn't therapy; you've written a mini-Mass
Uh, Eat your heart out, Brahms, with your kyrie elaisons. :)

morbidneko said...

i wonder if im someone's symphony..

that's such beautiful mindspeak..

smooth, sir.


happy holidays, etc.

may all your wishes and dreams come true in the new year..

how is it that true love evades an experienced poet, sweet and sensitive, such as yourself??

eric1313 said...


It is therapeutic. It helps me to think positive.

And I love the comparison to one of the great masters... I love that. If only I could have a royal patron like Brahms had, then it would a lot easier to come up with these poems.

As it is, this one was like twice as long, but I sheared it down to only what was needed. I'm still waiting on word to find out if it was the right thing. Princess has the google reader hook up, so she'll see all four or five of the other versions of it and let me know if there's any gems I cut out of it needlessly.

Peace out.

eric1313 said...


You will find your symphony, and it will make you dance, I promise. You'll know because the music in their soul will be your favorite new song. You won't be able to get enough of it, and they will be the same way.

You've found it before, you will find it again.

And how has it evaded me? Because I'm a picky bastard! I won't settle for less than what I feel I deserve. I won't date someone just to be dating someone. That's not the right way to go, that's how you end up in an unhappy relationship. And it seems that when I find love, it ends up being the wrong way. So I'll wait. I'm perfectly happy alone.

(I keep telling myself that.)

Take care! And good luck to you, my friend.

Peace out.

Behind Blue Eyes said...

That was beautiful. One of my favorites.

eric1313 said...


Thank you! Like I said above, I worked really hard on this one to get it just right.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, the pics match the poem very nicely. Good lyrical piece.

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric, thanks for your good wishes. Your poems always seem to suit my mood, uncanny that. What would we do without bridges to cross?

Crashdummie said...

I loved it! definitly one of my favorites. not just cuz of the pinkish pic, the world could need a lil' pink.. (or red)

wow, being someones symphony, thats big... a great honour if nothing else. It shows that you have put in your soul into this work.

cheers mate...

Princess Pointful said...

"Her smile is my bridge".
You know love so very well.
When one person connects you to everything that matters.

Sorry I have been more absent lately. As a secret blogger in a house full of people, I have to select moments to reconnect with my other little world.

I am a little in shock that your car decided to commit ritualistic suicide. I guess you're making it from A to B on feet for now, hey? I hope there's at least a fire or some hot chocolate to keep you warm at your destination.

Best holiday wishes, my friend.

X. Dell said...

I've seen some spectacular sunsets from on high, but nothing like this.

So what bridge is this over? I looked as hard as I could, but didn't see it:-)

karma lennon said...

It's beautiful, sweet and lovely. You'll find her. :)

Crashtest Comic said...

beautiful words
remind me of
clear washing windows
spring days
in cars
tops down!

beneath her weight
the traffic light
thirteen times.

i'm a scorpio
my moon
is in

captain corky said...

"I wish it would last forever"

Hopefully it will last a really long time. Very nice!

Edyta said...

I am back, I know, right!
I'll catch up with everything asap. Darn i missed everyone. Feels good to be back!

Thank You so much for always being here. Thank You.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

A smile is a bridge, but it is only half a bridge, it is a bit like Tower bridge, the bridge comes when two smiles meet.

Now we know where you get your fine astronomy pics from :) said...

a gentle thunder between two hearts exists ... even when vast distances separate those two hearts.

beautiful post.

Gledwood said...

Hey that post is Poetry in Motion...

so we meet again...

Your blog turns up everywhere... I was hopping quite at random through blogs of blogfriends through comments etcetcetc and hey you popped up again

have a great 2008!!

MyUtopia said...


eric1313 said...


Thanks for the stops. I do try to make every line fit, and to match the rhythm in each successive line.

It doesn't always work, but... well, I try to make it work! Thanks again.


It must be something in the air this time of year. And love is always universal. Gotta love it!

Thank you, to you too.

Have a great new year, everyone.

eric1313 said...


I'm so glad you dropped by and saw the final product.

It really is a beautiful poem. And all one has to do to live up to being a symphony is to be their self. Nothing else required.

Thank you for everything, my friend.

eric1313 said...


It's a beautiful thing, to imagine someone with you and it is so. Our memories are powerful things. And this is a combination, love and faith. That's what I really loved about it.

Don't worry at all about absence. I know you, and you are one busy person, as are most of you right now.

Yeah, the car... It's bad, but something will be done. I have a lot to do at the moment, and so soon I might be too busy to post and to visit, but I hope everything will smooth out. Life is one hell of a bumpy ride--but I'm not alone. We all experience it that way.

A fire? Only if you count kind, gracious people like yourself who always understand me and greet me warmly.

Thanks for that. Peace out.

eric1313 said...

X Dell

It's a bridge over the bonnie, bonnie Atlantic, over the Pacific, over Antarctica, over the deserts and wastes, over the frozen seas. Of course, I know you're kidding, but hey, I figured I'd field that one.

And you have to love a sunset from outer space... who doesn't?


I know I'll find her one day. Thank you for your faith in my ability to find love.

I'll always take that compliment and run with it.

Peace out, y'all.

eric1313 said...

Crashtest Comic

What a beautiful mix. Free verse with limerick sensibility.

That's mad skills in action!

Thanks for the laugh, I can always use bunches of them.

Captain Corky

Forever is a long time, isn't it? I'll settle for a few years. Better to love and lose it than to not know it's grace at all.

eric1313 said...


And like that, she is reborn!

No problem--you write some really wonderful lines, yourself, so it's easy to encourage that kind of greatness.

And it's good to see you're sweet little avatar back on this page.

Take care and write like the wind.


That is true--the truest beauty is in the reception, the answer to the call. It takes two, as we learned in Arnold Layne, "takes two to know"...

And that's the truth.

Yep, I figured I'd out my source of great astronomical pics. It's also filled with a lot of great details about them.

And I forgot it here, but the links to the jet propulsion lab are really informative. Just goes to show what we are really capable of. I just want to know why we don't already have an outpost on Ganymede or Callisto...

Peace out.

eric1313 said...

Red Mantissa

The distance can close to nothing if you know and trust that that person is with you. Two individuals, thoughts intertwined.

I love it.

Thanks for the stop. I know you have been ultra busy, so it's just nice to see you.

Peace out.


We do meet again, on this page at least. I trust Dostoevsky is going well, or that you're already done with it.

Yeah, I get around! :) But so do you. I see you everywhere, too. It's fun being social all over the world. We are on a great medium to reach out.

And thanks for the words about the poems, as always.

Peace out.

eric1313 said...



Glad to see you as always. I hope the new year brings another fifty two exciting books.

My backwards Pistons cap is off to you.

Maithri said...


Your words are gemstones.

Bless you my friend,


Bemused said...

"a heartbeat from the blue,
from the darkside of our world."

is the part that speaks of what it's like without what you describe above.

eric1313 said...


And your words are the same, my friend. Lots of people agree, that you are very much the heart and soul of your part of the blogger universe. As Singleton and I found long ago, when The Soaring Impulse was but a new page on the links.



It also describes distance, from light to dark. I was kind of being physical with that description, but it can also mean a lack of the music, the smile that symphony.

I wrote this one for a distant friend, inspired by her energy and enthusiasm and her love for life. I took it up a few notches into the romantic zone to get it here.

Thanks for the stop, though. I'm glad to talk about it now that it's out of the limelight, you know? Didn't want to make anyone feel self conscious.

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

Yeah, nice! Good one.

eric1313 said...


Thanks for being such a cool reader and friend.

Always glad to share with people like you.

karoline said...

bliss, i luv it.....

if you can see're almost there...blessed are the hearts that belong together, they will find a way...some time, some place...


eric1313 said...


This one was indeed special. It was for a long distance friend, one who inspires me greatly.

If we can imagine, we are half way there. I like that. Very positive, positive actuation.

It will be done... I wish it were always that easy. Many times, it is not.