A Poem by Samuel Ferris

Incandescent spread,
flowering gelatinous 
in the deep flowing icy-black
arterioles of the arctic current.

Life flowering Blue sparks captured in a lens;
blurry, blue, electric light encircling, encompassing
all deep spaces.

I have lived many hours and many images, 
         many iterations, in many mirrors, and many rooms;
traversing the infinitesimal chambers of the mind.

I have pulled them out of the sea and into the air and
laid them flat out 
across liquid crystal so that 
they may pass superluminal through the iris
deeper and deeper,
sparking the beginning; 
a flash
of cold, blue, beautiful.

© 2010 Samuel Ferris

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The rhythm of this poem dovetails nicely with the title and subject, as does the use of what might otherwise be thought of as absurdly complicated words (here, they add to the effect of flashing brilliance of luminescence). In the 2nd stanza, I'd almost like to see some word other than 'many' in the last line - you've used 'many' often enough to describe the component parts, why not find a better word for the whole of the mind? Very good effort.

Posted 11 Years Ago

bio-luminescence i the creation of light through chemical means used in organisms like the firefly, or bio-luminescent plankton. Many, Many, deep sea species, have this ability, and the poem is describing a picture of it taken.

Posted 11 Years Ago

But cant you add some rhythm…
It would have been more beautiful…
Will you clarify…
What does the title mean actually..

Posted 11 Years Ago

Was Venus just another name for Aphrodite, or were they two distinct goddesses of love? I have seen them in this poem.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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Added on April 22, 2010
Last Updated on April 25, 2010


Samuel Ferris
Samuel Ferris

Rochester, NY

I enjoy reading and writing, playing guitar, piano, and composing music. I enjoy reading the poetry of Seamus Heaney, TS elliot, William Carlos Williams, EE Cummings, Lorca, pablo neruda, emily dicke.. more..