Bubbling Branches

Douglas Barbour. Breath Takes

branches of the mothering tree of life

from “breath ghazal 59:” which has the annotation “Barrier Reef Snorkeling” which of course speaks to the profusion of the coral; evidently mothering signals birthing on a grand scale; it also has hints of the shape of the coral — since mothering is also the frothing on fermenting liquids. Earlier in the conjunction with water there is a similar play of multiplicity and the cumulative effect of small units. “breath ghazal 23:” [the announcing and breaking colons in these titles are Barbour’s]

huge drops kiss the lake
drum lightly on the roof above our heads

And configured throughout the series of the ghazals are representations of inhaling and exhaling, a whole onomatopoetc vocabulary of breathing, and they too like the coral and like the rain drops punctuate the text. And yet the reader doesn’t drown.

And so for day 832

This entry was posted in Poetry. Bookmark the permalink.