Knowing – poem/poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton and an update on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Corsica – beach

Knowing – poem/poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton

Around me “all-knowing” people. Happy because they think they know. Yet what brings them happiness is what they do not know. Ignorance repeats itself with the precision with which Big Ben tells the time.

These days the child has an imaginary friend called Li Boo. One night an avocado seed crawled on the north wall of the mansion, reached the roof, and bloomed to the sound of a fanfare that happened to go by. Li Boo came out of the bloom, wrapped in sea silk, blueberry eyes, strawberry lips gasping for moonlight.

Back in our bedroom I throw at you stars dressed in chiffon skirts.  Roads toward tomorrow break the walls.  The air smells mastic, cyclamen, and rockroses: the smell of the Corsican maquis; the essence of Corsica.  Sirens.  Homer’s Odyssey. Occupations. Feuds. Purification of Sunday’s water.

Another fanfare goes by. A lizard shakes her head pointing toward the West. Your raspy voice turns toward the South. It flickers in pine trees. It slithers in the white sand. It goes beyond the taste of the daily bread.

Li Boo, sweet tears on his cheek, salt and rose petals in his boots, disappears into my consciousness.

I know nothing. Another claim to fame. Did you smile, my love?

An Update on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Ingrid just received the paperback proof of Wounds I Healed. I am truly thrilled. Please read more here.

Thank you to everyone who plans to join me and Ingrid on Twitter Space on June 4, at 9 am CT – 10 am ET (USA) for a lively discussion and more updates on our anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. By saving and clicking on the link below you can listen to the discussion even if you do not have a Twitter account. Please share the link with those you think may be interested. I can’t wait to talk to those of you who can attend.

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Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

87 thoughts on “Knowing – poem/poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton and an update on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

  1. Quite an engaging narrative which filled me with visions of amazing things. Brilliant and beautiful Gabriela. Hope you’ve a lovely week! All the best.

    1. Thank you so much for the praise, Francisco. . May your week be fabulous.

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Jude. I hope you are well. Sending huge hugs.
      xoxo

      1. Trying to balance things too. I hope I’ll be successful. Good luck with everything.

  2. There are vague moments unique in poetic prose – Questionable? Actionable? Poetry suffers from its very words, as in impressionism a thing must not need a name to be described. Am I the only one to spot the Big Ben oxymoron in the opening paragraph? While accurate it is more a model of omnipresent consistency than atomic accuracy. Nice work!

    1. Thank you for your comment Phil. I had to smile.
      A combination of contradictory or incongruous words – cruel kindness – is indeed an oxymoron.
      If the so called oxymoron you are referring to is – The Big Ben is more a model of omnipresent consistency than an atomic accuracy – then there is no oxymoron. The symbol – omnipresent constancy – does not contradict the fact that Big Ben tells the time. There is no contradiction here. Perhaps that is why nobody noticed. Here is a famous Shakespearean oxymoron if you wish: “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

      Anyway, thank you again for reading my work and for your comment. Have a glorious day.

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart my dearest Lamittan. I am glad you enjoyed the piece.
      xoxo

  3. This is enticing, full of wonderment and incredible imagination. Only you come up with such a mystifying and beautiful use of the imagination. You could write a children’s book with just this one idea, (below). Yet you place many a seed here to grow and leave for the reader to interpret. Just amazing writing! BRAVO

    “These days the child has an imaginary friend called Li Boo. One night an avocado seed crawled on the north wall of the mansion, reached the roof, and bloomed to the sound of a fanfare that happened to go by. Li Boo came out of the bloom, wrapped in sea silk, blueberry eyes, strawberry lips gasping for moonlight.”

    1. Hon, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful comment. I am most grateful for your kind words and your support. You melted my heart.

      I have already started that children book. I promised I will have it ready by the end of the summer, but at the rate I am going, with so many other things to do, I am afraid I would not be able to keep my promise.

      Anyway, thank you again. Sending lots of love and hugs to you. Have a beautiful evening.
      xoxo

      1. You are so welcome. I am so excited about the children’s book. It would be amazing. You are still my favorite poet. You are amazing. Lots of love, honeybun 🦋

      2. Hon, thank you so much for your wonderful words. You really make me blush. I promised I will write a children’s book. I will try to keep my promise but …
        Anyway, have a beautiful evening. Sending love ❤️❤️❤️❤️

      3. You are most welcome Button. From reading the poem I know that the child’s book will be something extra special. I’m glad you still plan to do that. Sending my love hugs and blessings to you.❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. The anthology will be great indeed. I do hope you take a look at.
      Best wishes
      Gabriela

  4. Wow, Gabriela,
    This is beautiful and I love the imagery. What I love to most, is you always make me sit with words and think leaving me curious and joyful. I love little Li Boo your friend. Knowing and unknowing in question and these lines are beautifully described… little Li Boo for sure must have needed to hide. 💖😂🥰🥰

    ” Back in our bedroom I throw at you stars dressed in chiffon skirts. Roads toward tomorrow break the walls. The air smells mastic, cyclamen, and rockroses: the smell of the Corsican maquis; the essence of Corsica. Sirens. Homer’s Odyssey. Occupations. Feuds. Purification of Sunday’s water.”

    Yayyy for the Anthology and a chance to share together with everyone! 💖👏

    1. Oh, my Goodness, Cindy, thank you for such a beautiful comment. Li Boo thanks you too for loving him 🙂

      Yes, I am happy with the anthology. I really am. Thank you again for your contribution.

      Have a gorgeous evening filled with love.

      xoxo

      1. You are so welcome my dear Gabriela, it’s so true. Awww, what a cutie!! It’s a pleasure.

        Oh I’m so thrilled that you are and it is a huge contribution to woman everywhere and you are so welcome. I am honored and proud to stand among amazing writers with such genuine and caring hearts. 🌹💖🌹

        Thanks and you too! 🌹💖🌹

      2. Thought you might like to see the Emojiku Ingrid started with me and Goff (Goff James ) Chimed in on with a shout of for The Anthology.. 💖🥰https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/103480400/posts/89757

      3. Cindy, my goodness, that is really wonderful. Thank you to you and to your friend. You guys rock!

      4. Sooo glad you liked this Gabriela!
        How did I know you would!
        It’s reasons like these, that make me smile and grateful for the serendipity or our sharing community. Goff certainly picks up the slack where I stop with the fun. He is a gifted poet you will love. Thanks dearest G!!! 💖💖💖💖🌹

      5. I really enjoyed the post hon and I am very grateful to you and Goff. I just followed him. Thank you again. Sending lots of love ❤️❤️❤️❤️

      6. It’s a pleasure Gabriela and you are so welcome.
        Your love infuses me to strive, write and speak my heart. Thanks and sending you the love you need to have a heavenly night!
        💖🥰

    1. I am sure Li Boo will be so happy to hear that 🤗 Thank you so much for your wonderful words hon 🌹🌸🌺🙏

  5. I delight in how this gorgeous write is framed, beginning with not knowing bequeathing happiness, and ending with not knowing settling inside of love. Gorgeous poetry, Gabriela. I look forward to Saturday’s event. Have a lovely evening, my dear friend. xoxo

    1. Thank you so much your gorgeous comment Jeff. It means a lot to me you enjoyed this post.
      xoxo

  6. I don’t have a Twitter account, but I was able to listen to the discussion. I enjoyed listening to everyone speak. I am awed by the amount of work that has gone into this anthology and so humbled and grateful to be included. Thank you, Gabriela!

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Dawn. It was my pleasure to include your beautiful poetry 🙏🌺🌸

  7. GOOD LORD!!! Beautiful Gabriela….what a sweet circle: Near the start of my day I heard You speaking….now as my day is winding down Your magical words come to call. As usual….this transported me on so many levels. I read it slowly twice. My heart is overcome. Chillbumps, my childhood friend, danced into the stars as well…I also know nothing and spend much time marveling. This so wonderfully fills in blanks and as Your words all-ways do…has set my Being wonderfully adrift!!! Walking away smiling and sighing. THANK YOU for this!!! Cheers, so much Love and Huge hugs!!! 🤗❤️💐😊💕

    1. My Goodness, Kathy, I am beyond grateful for your kind words. You are an angel! Love you!

      “my childhood friend, danced into the stars as well” Wonderful!

      “THANK YOU for this!!!” Oh, hon, my pleasure. THANK YOU for being you and for your wonderful support!

      Sending huge hugs.
      xoxoxoxo…

      1. Ah!!! You just gifted a huge smile, beautiful Gabriela!!! Thank You!!! And it’s absolutely my pleasure! I am so deeply in love with Your words! I love You too! Thank You for being YOU, too!!! 😊❤️🤗

      2. You made me smile too hon. You am in love too with your words and your art!

        xoxoxo

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Annette. They mean a lot to me.
      xoxo

  8. Hello Gabriela,
    Today, I found that you had visited and read several of my stories.
    I don’t know how you found me but I’m very pleased that you did and I wanted to both thank and welcome you to my collection. I hope you found something to laugh at or be inspired by.
    I see that you’re a poet and this always leaves me fearful because as I like to say, I lack the poetry gene and thus often just don’t get what is being said.
    That said, I do know that poetry often focuses on creating vivid images which is what I try to create with many of my stories.Perhaps we can enjoy some common ground together.
    Thanks again and welcome.

    1. Hello Gary, thank you for your kind message. I love your stories and I am sure we can find some common ground.
      Thank you too.

    1. Thank you so much Diana. It means so much to me you like it.

      Sending love.
      xoxo

    1. My dearest Navin, I will never be able to thank you for your kindness and for your patience. You are incredible.
      Sending huge hugs.
      xoxo

      1. You’re very welcome, dearest Gabriela…you’re amazingly incredible…much love & hugs 💫💟💫🤗

    1. My pleasure and thank you for your wonderful words on my writing.

      It’s an honor to follow you too.
      xoxo

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