From the Sidelines

Do you know how it feels
to stand alone in a forest
in the caesura
of a gathering storm?

With a graceful pirouette
the north wind about-faces
and just as quickly
a sou’ wester replaces
the breathy, dry kisses
of long afternoons in the sun.
Drawing breath from your lungs
and heat from your soles,
lowercase twisters
scatter leaves with abandon.
There’s a pause,

it is electric,
then thunder above.
A first splash, the herald,
caresses your skin
and whispers of days
when you sucked the air in
and laughed until laughter ran dry;
when you danced and you sang
and timeless, you lay
entwined ‘neath an indigo sky.

In that place, alone,
your lenses will fail
and your notebook fall
by the by.
Your shutter can’t capture
the depths of magenta;
your pen,
the dreaming Magpie.

It’s a moment,
just a moment,
before the storm breaks
and the old song
resumes its same rhyme.

Do you feel it?
Can you grab it?
A resolution, of sorts:
to wring from
each minute
a lifetime.

by Ryan Stone



48 thoughts on “From the Sidelines

  1. “Drawing breath from your lungs
    and heat from your soles”

    “When you sucked the air in
    and laughed until laughter ran dry”
    Had heard of tears and blood running dry. You painted magic with this. Drying my mouth to the hilt. I need air, Ryan. πŸ™‚
    Can it get better than this? No Sir!

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  2. Love this. Great rhythm and flow. Wonderful descriptions and the images your words create are beautiful. Like the lines: “to wring from each minute a lifetime” I believe that is always what we crave what we want. I wish we could always do it!

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  3. Ryan, β€œFrom the Sidelines” is stunning. Very impressive, the writing is beautiful, not only for beauty’s sake, but also for insightfulness, recognizing the essence that moments are able to capture. It’s really wonderful as the narrator asks the reader, β€œDo you know how it feels” and then proceeds to take the reader on an amazing visual and emotional journey where each minute holds a lifetime of events. Truly outstanding my friend, you have such a marvelous talent. Please enjoy the rest of the weekend, always wishing you well. ~ Mia

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    • Dear Mia, your feedback is thoughtful as ever. I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel to know that such a talented writer is willing to invest the time to read and study my writing and offer such considered and insightful responses. Your friendship and support means the world and I thank you kindly.
      My weekend was fantastic, thank you. I hope yours was also. Take care and thank you once more πŸ™‚

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