(nowhere) to be found

nowhere to be found close up s

it’s the alone in
the dance that makes the never
knowing so complete

Amaya at dVerse asked us to consider music that brings us to tears.  There are many candidates these days, but I chose Jackson Browne’s “For a Dancer” for it’s longevity and continued relevance in that department.  People, places, things…they are always “dancing in and out of view”.

And a ghazal for the song as well.

nowhere to be found s

In the quiet of a summer’s afternoon I think of you
in the absence that is always in this room I think of you

My mind plays tricks and mixes up the present and the past
in memories recalled and then exhumed I think of you

Bananas peaches lemons oranges strawberries and limes
in fruit that ripens and releases its perfume I think of you

I search for guidance in the symbols of mythologies and stars
in portents that appear like ghostly runes I think of you

The fiber spun and dyed the needle waiting in my hand
in threads that cross like patterns on a loom I think of you

Sometimes I seem to recognize a voice calling and turn
in the abbreviation of my nom de plume I think of you

Pay attention to the open skies.

 

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56 responses to “(nowhere) to be found”

  1. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is a lovely post, Kerfe. Most enjoyable.

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  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    That is a tremendous ghazal—such a good final couplet.

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  3. Claudia McGill says :

    There is so much emotion in these. Very moving and though I don’t know who or what you refer to I find them from my own life. Bringing up many thoughts.

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  4. robtkistner says :

    Excellent Ghazal Kerfe. Missing someone can certainly play tricks on the mind. Wonderful song by Jackson!

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  5. lynn__ says :

    Both your words and the song choke me up…how can such sorrow be so beautiful?

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  6. Frank Hubeny says :

    I like the repeating line. And the sound of the rhyme that precedes it and also helps tie the lines together.

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  7. Charmed Chaos says :

    Both the haiku and the ghazal are so lovely.

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  8. Jodi says :

    thank you! so beautiful!!!

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  9. Gospel Isosceles says :

    There is so much to bask in here: the opening senryu, the art, the hollow sound of the fiddle in that gorgeous duet, the devotional ghazal, and that ending prophetic one-liner. I can see how the song has withstood the test of time for your sensibilities, not ceasing to provide teary-eyed inspiration.

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  10. merrildsmith says :

    A moving a post, Kerfe. Beautifully written ghazal. The memories that come, the voice we think we hear. . .

    I’ve always loved this song. Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt do a nice version on an album they did together, too.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Merril. I am always hearing and seeing those ghosts…
      I’ll have to look for that version. I was just listening to Linda Ronstadt yesterday–she often did Jackson Browne songs.

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  11. lillian says :

    This line:
    “in the absence that is always in this room I think of you” rings so very true for me. The “gone” is always present in the places shared so often. The “gone” reappears in the music we associate with him/her/the moment of loss.

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  12. Sharon Mann says :

    What a beautiful poem, I’m so moved, because my husband’s death was 3 years ago this month…so he is on my mind.

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  13. rivrvlogr says :

    The dance of never knowing is a dark reflection of the dance of enjoyment that precedes it. Your senryū so succinctly captures the loss of those moments, and it is most excellent.

    And your ghazal – in a strictly ghazal sense, it is superb.

    But more to the point It may not be fair to say that some losses are greater than others, but it is so much the truth, and your ghazal carries the emptiness of such a loss.

    Both poems remind us of the message in the music you’ve chosen.

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  14. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    To use you as the repeated word works so well to bring the loss so much closer to the heart.

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  15. Grace says :

    Such a haunting and beautiful refrain, I think of you. Lovely ghazal, thank you.

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  16. Gay Reiser Cannon says :

    I was wowed! This is truly musical and I heard a melody in my head as I read it! What unique images capturing that special relationship, now gone but not forgotten. A really well-written poem. Thank you!

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  17. msjadeli says :

    I like how the loved one is there but not there and the part, “I search for guidance in the symbols of mythologies and stars
    in portents that appear like ghostly runes I think of you” with a plea to the cosmos to help you make sense of it.

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  18. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says :

    I think this ghazal is absolutely perfect!

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  19. Lona Gynt says :

    The absence, the emptiness, that expands to fill in upon itself in the missing of the beloved, hey are there, in the thinking and the visceral connections, I get the feeling of a phantom limb pain, so tender and persistent and everywhere I go. Kerfe, this is simply so well done, and wonderful, and hurts too. All the senses and details of the day are involved. vivid and unrestrained. Pressing against the ghazal boundaries, all the more beautiful for it.

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  20. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Awesome ghazal, Marta and such a great singer. Loved the song.

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  21. Jill Kuhn says :

    Beautiful Kerfe! You have such a way with words and color!! Very moving! 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Suzanne says :

    Your ghazal is so poignant. I can feel your heart aching in every line.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Sublime poem, Kerfe. I listened to Brown as I read it a second time. Very moving.

    Liked by 1 person

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