Arid Ambitions

Arid Ambitions

A Poem by Pryde Foltz

Arid Ambitions



I dreamt of you
last night
you were ancient
in your arid ambitions

still, I loved you

mercury temples
worshipping lines
mirage homeland

have you
lived that long

but never learned
to meditate
to pray without fear

so tooth'ed
digits like daggers
armed wives' tales
telling happenings
shifted into

what have I done
look what you made me do

your terrorized
ancestral memories
will claim
youth sacrifice

blood lines
sublimate in tephra

droned distance
does not make
it humane

vaselined fabrication
petroleum nightmares
greased tropes

that were never
but worse than
that

not quite like that

weep brackish rivers
as you perpetuate
atrocity and fugue
worse than

that

I grieve you
for making me do
this to your lambs

look at my tears
that track through
bloodlines

wait, that's me
that's my child
that's your child

you have grown
in limb

ferocious in vengeance
atrocious in fear

but still
I love you

I grieve
for your savage
youth that demands
blood sacrifice

for arid
ambitions

still

I love

you

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Your poem reads like a battle zone, accusations shot across space, referring to history, referring to dark death and bloody.

'I grieve you
for making me do
this to your lambs

look at my tears
that track through
bloodlines

wait, that's me
that's my child
that's your child'

nothing is sacred at such a time, in any such situation. Evil kills, where and whatever its purpose.

Your words weep...

Posted 2 Months Ago


Pryde Foltz

2 Months Ago

Emma, you one adept poetry cipher. Huzzah:)
Such an eloquent write, an absolute delight to read. Definitely the wow factor Pryde. Happy Easter.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Pryde Foltz

2 Months Ago

Happy Easter, Andrew:) So nice to see you:)
super passionate ... devastation and turmoil of feelings and thought .. i am struck by your poem, Ms. Pryde ... love my new words, tephra and trope .. you are a masterful painter dear friend .. wishing you well in this rather bleak and riotous time :(
E.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Pryde Foltz

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much. I do hope the bleak is kept and bay and extinguished before it spreads. Let poetr.. read more
This speaks to me of the Middle East or other conflicts; two cousins fighting over arid land, unholy land, both trying to survive and be superior to the other.
I believe we should reject all extremists on both sides, find just, fair solutions like the 2 state solution based on the 1967 borders. Otherwise, all this will get worse, be out of control.
An excellent poem on the current topics happening.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Pryde Foltz

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Sami. I think there are plenty of political solutions that might work but only once we re.. read more
Sami Khalil

2 Months Ago

All true and well articulated. You are welcome Peyde.
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mou
It speaks to me through the gentleness and strength of forgiveness. The repetition of 'still I love you' portrays how many ways one can be loved unconditionally. Beautiful!
- mou

Posted 2 Months Ago


Pryde Foltz

2 Months Ago

We are lost when love is forgotten ... that is for sure:)
This reminds me of someone who’s spouse is in the military or even has been to war or some dangerous military action. They come back a different person. Vengeful for atrocities they have seen committed and feral for the things they have done themselves and now have ptsd. But still they are loved because circumstances dictate situations and changed them but inside somewhere is still that original person.

Just my take on this poem. It is how this spoke to me

Posted 2 Months Ago


Poetic Beauty

2 Months Ago

Even in the abstract twisting of words and comparisons it’s there to the finding
Pryde Foltz

2 Months Ago

For the telling maybe:)
Poetic Beauty

2 Months Ago

Yes that as well

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