Shakti

the sea swept amethyst sands

over the curl of her lip,

swallowing their brilliance

deep into her belly.

.

as a solitary gull stirred,

fireflies drizzled amber light 

down the long shafts

of marsh grass.


and i wandered –

gifting the tide with tears,

the saline sting of lost years,

when she appeared,

tossing golden hair

over porcelain feet 

spread wide 

beneath a curved breast.

.

and those eyes,

reflecting my own,

the color of forest

after a full night of rain.

.

shifting shape

we disappeared

where there is no fear.

each of us 

with our own hunger

for the breath of our lovers 

at the scruff of our necks.

.

mist kissed our lips

as a timeless

indigo rumble whispered,

“you are the storm”.

she disappeared,

when i became human.

.

A true story of my experience with a beautiful female coyote. We met peacefully many times that season, often within feet of each other. She howled for all I never could. Humans are nature. We hold the story of her journey within our bodies. We are the only species capable of articulating her beauty…our beauty. I called her Shakti.

© M.G. Iannucci 2017

Photo: Coyote

Poem was posted on https://dversepoets.com/2017/11/21/poetics-the-heavy-bear-who-goes-with-me/

31 thoughts on “Shakti

  1. This takes my breath away–beginning with the watercolor you chose and then the progression of your relationship with the coyote. There are moments like that, if we stop to allow them to happen. This brought to mind the encounter of the little prince with the fox in St. Exupery’s “Le Petit Prince.”

    Liked by 1 person

  2. A gorgeous poem, Maria, and the second coyote in response to the prompt! There is a glow to the language that makes the encounter truly memorable. I especially love the lines:
    ‘the saline sting of lost years,
    when she appeared,
    tossing golden hair’
    and
    ‘… those eyes,
    reflecting my own,
    the color of forest
    after a full night of rain’.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s