Public Knowledge Revisited

18 May

Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge


She tortures the stem of her glass,

Her anxiety spills over the rim.

The stain spreads like rumour

Darkening the space in between.

She has bitten hard on her lip,

Driven nails through her palms.

She has run up flags of distress

She has surrendered her charms.


The conversation rushes her ears,

A sea of voices without words.

She is pinned against the iron-grey sky

To suffer the mocking of birds.

She watches him carefully take

An aerial survey of her wounds.

He completes a nervous wide circle

And leaves her finally marooned.


Her hand crawls past the decanter

And clamps a manacle on his wrist.

A circle of thumb and forefinger

Against the hard rock of his fist.

There is an embarrassment of silence

As the conversation turns tide.

A panic of wings beating upwards

Escape the inevitable divide.



© The author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo stolen from the web, but its provenance lost

A dinner party among friends.  The moment she realises what everyone else already knew …


Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Poetry


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25 responses to “Public Knowledge Revisited

  1. pivoine68

    May 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I’ve been in these moments. Seems like you were watching me!
    You are a master of words.



  2. sometimes

    May 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I love this one, I know this one. Beautifully written and captured.


  3. dulzimordash

    May 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Spontaneous Creativity.


  4. thesacredroad

    May 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    i ache for her…..bc i have been her. never a misstep, an unneeded brushstroke, maybe one day….x


  5. Brittany Carol

    May 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Made me feel as if I was her.


  6. emmylgant

    May 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    A panic of wings flying upwards… Gorgeous. Beautifully written as always, but so very painful…


  7. janineyork

    May 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Love to hear your art. It makes it all the more mesmerizing.


  8. Heartafire

    May 21, 2013 at 6:21 am

    elegant writing, lovely recital, all the fine things I have come to look forward too. Thank you, Mr. D.


  9. JoanneBest

    May 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    in order for me to pick out my favorite part I would have to copy and paste your entire poem… I don’t know how or why it is you do, but you get it so well…thank you for sharing your words, you are an endless wellspring of wonder


  10. JoanneBest

    May 22, 2013 at 1:44 am

    only truth


  11. butterflyx3

    May 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I have read this three times. Touching



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