Note Left on the Bedpost

Mar 9, 2014

patchouliNote Left on the Bedpost 
For My Ordinary Icarus

By Lynne Thompson


From more than my balcony,
you leap—patchouli in air,
hymn like a wheel, a fiction
turned hurricane on an atoll.

You are ever-young, hair
slicked from your temples.
You are color and no color
and a pyre and

more harming than harmed.
I’ll be sleeping when you come
fish-bait, skim-over-sheer-water.
Leave the letter you promised,

precious between the blue of
its syllables, brine in its crease.
Place its weight on my temple,
my strange, quicksilver birdie.


Copyright © Lynne Thompson

Lynne ThompsonLynne Thompson’s Beg No Pardon won the Perugia Press Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award. Her latest collection, Start With a Small Guitar was published by What Books Press in October 2013.  New poems are forthcoming in the African American Review, Weave, and Prairie Schooner. Thompson is Reviews & Essays Editor for the California literary journal, Spillway.

Thompson will be one of the featured poets at ALTA-LA Poetry Series on Thursday, March 13th, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Altadena Library. This series is hosted by the library’s Poet Laureate Linda Dove who has contributed several poems to Hometown Pasadena’s “Write Here.” ALTA-LA is a free series that is sponsored by the Friends of the Altadena Library District and is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from the James Irvine Foundation. Author Karen An-hwei with join Lynne Thompson as the evening’s featured artists.

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1 Response for “Note Left on the Bedpost”

  1. Wow, a gauzy flow of eloquence and sophistication – so much to this piece.



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