Wednesday, 21 March 2012

#worldpoetryday: Poet Put Down Your Pen








Poet Put Down Your Pen

Poem For Jicaro



Poet put down your pen

close the notebook, shut your city eyes

all around you, out there, Nicaragua


You cannot capture this with your camera

feel it, open palms, bare feet

poet put down your pen


The sky is talkative above Mombacho volcano

the moon is sure and smiling

all around you, out there, Nicaragua


Poet put down your pen

the wind speaks Spanish

the moon is sure and smiling


All around you, out there, Nicaragua

the girls sip coconuts in a turquoise fiction

you cannot capture this with your camera


Good morning is moonstone

ruby orange is sunrise

poet put down your pen


You don’t know how lucky you are

your silver shines in salt water

all around you, out there, Nicaragua


Scissor snips of sunlight

cut through the canopy of branches

in the forest, the howling monkeys


Sweet sacuanjoche petals have fallen

jicaro is calabash, plantain and yucca mash

all around you, out there, Nicaragua


Climbing the ladder to the roof of the world

you look out from above, as below

all around you, out there, Nicaragua


Maria of the lake, seventeen children and every tooth in her head

she smiles, what else is there to do here after dark?

her fifty grandchildren all sleep sound in their bed


Poet put down your pen, pick up an egrets feather

fill it with sunset ink and coax a word from a turtle

all around you, out there, Nicaragua


And write this on a sheet of white moonlight

let it sail across lake Nicaragua in a boat made of jicaro

poet put down your pen.







© Salena Godden. Jicaro Eco Lodge, Lake Nicaragua / February 2012.

POEM FOR JICARO: dedicated to my lovely friends DB and KE











Good morning is moonstone



and coax a word from a turtle

jicaro is calabash, plantain and yucca mash

The sky is talkative above Mombacho volcano

the moon is sure and smiling

all around you, out there, Nicaragua