March 15: Glitter (Haibun)




Glitter becomes you:

inspired, you spread a thin layer

of glue on arms and other rounded parts,

and upturn upon them the elegant jar of gold dust,

rapturously letting it describe and delimit, as it descends,

your ghostly form, previously so vague, and white, and un-wish-for-able.

You say, Get a load of this!, making muscles, inclining to accentuate curves,

giddy with the blindness you can see that you’re inflicting.

Startled, I stare, grown tired of selflessness,

wanting to own everything you possess;

I grasp your flesh, sweeping off grit in showers

of electric sparks, gravity stripping you once more bare:

grains of wheat, pearls of rice, gratings of savory cheese,

and you, goddess, just you now, and the memory of




stars falling
more and more
I wonder why




First published in Contemporary Haibun Online 7:1, April 2011

7 thoughts on “March 15: Glitter (Haibun)

  1. Melissa,

    I have come back to this several times. I just do not get the poem. I will try again and maybe give some feedback in a few days; but right now, I am stumped.


    • LOL, Sully…don’t know if I blame you, I’m not sure I get it myself. 🙂 Don’t know if it will or will not help you to know that the whole thing is a complete figment of an apparently extremely fevered imagination — I have absolutely no idea where it came from, it just appeared one day and I said, “Um, okay…whatever.” I hadn’t taken any drugs or anything, even. 😉

  2. Good to know. And a good fevered imagination to boot. Anyway, it is almost golf season. Looking forward to haijinx.


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