I grew up with Eric Ketzer, and was penpals with him during his Navy years. He is my absolute favorite person to “poem” with: I love reading his words, and I truly enjoy his imagery and evocative language.
Back in 2008 we had a “thing,” during which much poetry was written. He gave me the go-ahead to throw one of his poems on here today. First is his, followed by my poetic response.
Waking with manufactured images
creating a water ballet in grey matter
merging ancient images with modern stills
forming the movie that greeted
cognition with smiles
Embracing the sensation of you
in my chest
breathing in unison as it was meant to be
Eric often says he comes from the “Ginsberg” school of writing. In other words, he has the confidence to let his words stand without laborious editing. 🙂 I, of course, am far too neurotic for that.
Traces of adoration lingering
growing for the man
once the boy I knew
in rest I turn to you
through distance and dreams
arms warmed by longing
So, this may be the last post today, but was going through a notebook while I was stuck in bed and found them both — and just could not resist posting.