How do you know?

Beside the recluse path a skeleton scattered through
jade tangles. I want to feel something. A lament.

But other feelings rise. Envy, filtered through
curiosity. What thoughts cloud its mind?


Saffron butterfly leads my eyes through sun drenched mulberries
into an empty dream scape. A skeleton sits with me. Aloud,

I wonder if it misses anything. A deep hole stare unfurls,
and unfurls, and then a walk off. My eyes follow white into

black, back under mulberry green. The butterfly has flown
to worlds new. The sun has gone behind cloud drift ridges.


By Dragon Bend river a skull lost in idleness. I
feel sorrow for all it cannot enjoy. Down stream

rapids cause me worry for my raft creaks with
the moments of ten thousand voyages. The skull just stares.


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About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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15 Responses to How do you know?

  1. I love how the space between the couplets looks along with the art. And this is beautiful: “Saffron butterfly leads my eyes through sun drenched mulberries
    into an empty dream scape. A skeleton sits with me”. Do the images just accompany the poems, or did you write starting from them?

  2. Simon Lilly says:

    Dreamt I read some lines of poetry, a stream of thought bubbling by. But then again, it could be memories of another life, or daydreams at the Master’s feet…..
    Reality is approximate, and this is a fine example. The ghost of Chuang Tzu would smile, the Old Man: raise and eyebrow then nod curtly….job done.

  3. yelena says:

    an unforgettable poetic voyage. i’ve been completely swept away. thank you~~

  4. Emily says:

    Beautiful writing. I especially loved this:

    A deep hole stare unfurls,
    and unfurls, and then a walk off.

    But really, the whole thing is just entrancing.

  5. wolfsrosebud says:

    beautiful flow in your lines… I loved how you used brings us deeper into the piece

  6. brian miller says:

    some really beautiful imagery…particularly the butterfly…the skull staring at me though is leaving me a bit disconcerted….

  7. Entrancing is the best way to put it, thanks to Emily’s comment (before that I was grasping for words). Outstanding.

  8. ManicDdaily says:

    Particularly beautiful close here. k.

  9. 1emeraldcity says:

    Reality and dreams juxtaposed…a little Daliesque w. the skull…Always beautifully wrought, Sky…and your art fits so well. This is one I’ll read again. :)) xoxo

  10. Mohana says:

    wonderfully threaded…loved the saffron butterfly…

  11. kelly says:

    This is a new favorite of mine from you, incredible imagery, mystery, enchantment.

  12. hypercryptical says:


    Anna :o]

  13. D... says:

    You know I was just thinking about when you first started your blog. Your work was awesome them, but it’s taken such a wonderful shape. More and more fantastic each day my dear friend. There is such a wonderful calm in these words, like a soothing cup of tea (and you know how I feel about tea).

    • Firstly, many thanks for all your comments. I’ll reply to them all, honestly.

      You know, thinking about it, I finally focused on a single form. I occasionally deviate, but I always come back to this four line (give or take two) form more often that not.

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