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Post-weekend Poetry 039: ‘First Contact’ by Louis Casson

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the thirty-ninth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Louis J Casson.

First Contact

Early morning.
The wood pigeon’s call echoes,
a blue pink dawn tinged pool
cool and clear.

I enter, ripples flowing out
from my entrance,
disturbing the calm perfection.

Frisson of the cold water,
then pleasure
like my hand on a new lover’s skin.

Then following as I move,
easing swirly currents
of several anniversaried regards,
welcoming back again.

Of my heart,
rage and surge.
Of my blood,
rage and pump.

Calmed, rejoined
into the liquid essence.
From which I and all
ancestored.

The emerged remembers,
remembering again reimmerses,
into the mother pool.

I asked Louis what prompted this piece and he said…

“First Contact” is a poem reflection on swimming early morning, and the allusions to other thoughts with meanings that arise from this. Including:-

  • Perfection, broken by entering the pool.
  • Pleasure – sensual – in sensing the water
  • Re-union with the source of life (in a metaphorical sense)
  • “Aniverssaried” and “ancestored” are probably not words found in the dictionary, but felt right to use in the context of the poem. I made or stretched these words.
  • One of the things to watch if you apply spell or grammar checking tools to poetry. Spell or grammar tools do not have any poetic bones in them; they will strictly apply the rules they have as if your lines were prose.

First contact is usually a phrase used to mean contact with beings from outer space, if and when this happens. Here I’ve slightly- well a bit more- stretched the meaning to include that initial shock of first getting into cool water, which wears off after a while; possibly also a being form one media (air) contacting another media (water, liquid).

I’m guessing a little in the foregoing paragraph since poetry making is not entirely logical – my logical brain was not entirely driving when writing this piece – the “muse” and I were having tea together at the time!

Thank you, Louis.

Currently living in Northamptonshire, England, Louis visits the Lake District frequently where he was born. His arts activities include writing; publishing poetry and lyrics. Also music: main instruments, bass guitar and guitar.

Honorable mention in the 17th Billboard World Song Contest (2009). Category: Blues and R & B. Lyrics writer for Blues, Country, Jazz and other musical styles. Album “Love and Blues” by Casson / Sheinman on iTunes. Poetry and lyrics collections published on Amazon Kindle; “See You in the Big Time” being his latest book (2011). You can find out more about Louis from his blog http://louisjcasson.blogspot.com.

Behance portfolio site (book extracts and MP3 Audio files) http://www.behance.net/LJCasson

Louis J. Casson on Amazon Kindle.

This poem and supplied article content © Louis J. Casson 2012 all rights reserved.

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