Sunday, March 26, 2006

Arlene Ang

Arlene Ang wrote the following poem last year. I love it! I'd like to thank her again by posting it here and encouraging you to read more of her poetry. Arlene edits the Italian version of Niederngasse Journal and is an excellent poet.

On Waking with a Different Woman
for Pris

Imagine the morning:
that lost bracelet around
my wrist, sun filtered by organdy
curtains, tinnitis and sore
throat like distant sea
in a conch shell.

The bed is peeled of its
worn look, Schumann's concerti
softly thread through air,
my voice is back. Daffodils
in a crystal vase remind
me of yesterday:

the ten-speed bike,
propped against a rusted
steel cabinet, its tires unchanged
from the day I pedalled
across town for
breakfast at Janelle's.

The garage smelled
of fresh paint; I moved freely like
the top that spun only from
other people's hands. Giotto's
Lazarus on the wall
didn't make the room turn.

Imagine old friends
coming over for a barbecue
and I call everyone
by name. Sometimes it's so real
I taste their favorite drinks
on my tongue.

Arlene Ang
copyrighted 2005


Pat Paulk said...

I've read Arlene's poetry before, a finely tuned poetic voice!

Pris said...

Isn't she super?

Pat Paulk said...

Yes she is!

Geoff Sanderson said...

Oh my - she really has a wonderful ability to put words together to tell a story in a vivid way, really bringing her character to life. If she wrote this for you, what a great compliment!

Pris said...

I did consider it a huge compliment. I was a surprise, too. She is or was a member of BE and posted ever so often. This showed up one day, dedicated to me. It really touched me.

Michelle e o said...

I just recently found her writing, I think she's brilliant.

Pris said...

Hi Michelle
Yes, she's got that 'touch'.

Arlene said...

OMG. **blush**

Thanks so much for the nicest words... you all have made my weekend!

Tiptoeing away,

P.Ssssst. Pris, I've added you to my blog links (

Pris said...

I didn't know you had a blog. Am so pleased you found this. Adding you to my links, too.