Saturday, May 25, 2024

A Kiss


At the center of it, In the eye of the storm,
Reality is abstract, amorphous, Subject to ghosts and gusts of time,
And arbitrary winds.
Rain pelts and threatens swollen waters
That rise, overflowing their lost boundaries,
Overflowing our own lost boundaries.

Clinging to bent branches and rainbows, We are as leaves spinning in an unfamiliar vortex,
Unprepared, fighting for purchase,
Charting rude, spontaneous maps with broken fingers. But in a bright blink of a crystalline moment, Sun pierces, breaks through, vital, warming, Lifting and strengthening us
Like a melody, tender and resonant. In that fragile, turning-point of a moment, That bright and buoyant melody
Reaches us like a mother’s kiss, Bidding us to hope, to go on, to push on, A melody, as sweet as a mother’s kiss,
And scented with forever.

Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo. 

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Annette Pisano-Higley is a Registered Nurse living in both Albany and Florida. She is a published song-lyricist and published a book of her original Adirondack poetry, with photography by her husband Walter Higley, Adirondack Echoes, available on Annette’s book was inspired by their idyllic summers at the beloved family Camp on Limekiln Lake, Inlet, in the beautiful Adirondacks. Her second book, Kaleidoscope, is an eclectic collection of original poetry as inspired by the ever-changing colors and directions of life.


10 Responses

  1. Irving M. Baxter says:

    Beautiful! Precious words, thoughts and the perfect picture! Thank you for sharing! Mack

  2. Ethan says:

    Love it, Anne!

  3. Jim Leach says:

    Wonderful, Annette. Thank you.

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Hello there Jim and thank you so very much for your encouragement. Happy Memorial Day to you & Linda!

  4. David Bower says:

    Lovely poem! What I wouldn’t give to have one more hug and kiss from my mom.

    • Annette Pisano Higley says:

      Hello David, thank you so much and I join you in your thoughts. Mother’s kisses and mother’s hands bless us always.

  5. Karen Rudar says:

    I love the choice of words, Annette. Beautiful!!

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