the miracle of you – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton

The Fisherman and the Syren (1856–1858), Frederic Leighton.

the miracle of you

the moon’s right-hand
pours soul into my flesh
pigeons’ wings bring scents of lilac blooms
the air gets drunk with poetry
statuary women of the water
flaunt their hair

within the loneliness of you
my heart
rotates five equinoxes on a wooden spindle
your eyes pour flesh into my soul
my body germinates the sounds of growing leaves
I wash my hands into the waters of Guadalquivir
in the scented night of those who never sleep
I say
I love you
and in one single breath
our wedding is transformed
in an enraptured death

was it the moon?
was it the morning dew?
perhaps it was the miracle of you

Poem included in my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Amazon available here.

Updates

  • Please visit MasticadoresUSA. Support our community. There are several new and wonderful poems up. Do not forget to like, follow, and submit.
  • Thank you to everyone who sent poems for the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow| Love Poems and Poetic Prose. The closing date is September 20. You can read more about the contest here and get the book in the link below.

A Piece From Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Thank You & Several Updates #poem #poetry #poetry collection

Gabriela Marie Milton/ The Pacific Ocean, August 27, 2021

A piece from my collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Profuse desires

rolling like waves on white marble sands
roaring like tigers looking for prey
howling like winds in gray towns of ghosts
resting on sofas like courtesans
praying like nuns married to Christ
tormenting my dreams
your raspy deep voice
dying for love

The collection is available on Amazon here.

Thank you to Diana for her beautiful review of my new poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

My deepest thanks to Diana, a wonderful author, and a great supporter of our WP community, for her beautiful review of Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. The book is available on Amazon here.

Here is a snippet from Diana’s Amazon review.

“Her free form poems are rich with imagery and emotion, gently loving, full of longing and loss, and sometimes shining with personal strength. In every way, this collection captures the diversity of experience that comes with being a woman…

A highly recommended collection for readers of poetry who enjoy flowing imagery, beautiful words, and a deep dive into the soul of womanhood.”

Please visit Diana’s site here. Her books are gorgeous. You will enjoy reading any of them.

There is also a wonderful review of my collection posted by Kichi Rsa on Amazon too. I do not know who she is but I am deeply grateful to her for reading my collection and writing a review.

An excerpt from her review:

“Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton is a book of the divine, platonic, sometimes erotic, but often intense and thought-provoking poems.
The language is fresh and delightful and reminds the famous poets’ classic works at the beginning of the XX century. At the same time, it is very modern, too. Rendered with richness and beauty, experiences of true love, sadness, sorrow, and grief we all felt at some point or another. You’ll find everything there: from madness to deep ache, from romantic dreams to constantly shifting relationships.
In one word, her poems are magic.”

Thank you Kichi Rsa!

Several Updates

  • Please visit MasticadoresUSA. Support our community. There are several new and wonderful poems up. Do not forget to like, follow, and submit.
  • I post poetry on Twitter several days a week. I retweet other poets too. Please follow me on Twitter here @shortprose1
  • Thank you to everyone who summitted pieces to the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrows. As a reminder those are the guidelines for submission:

The poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is now open. This contest honors the literary community that has supported me in my writing journey, and celebrates my becoming a #1 Amazon best-selling author.

To participate, you should write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and list the name of the piece that inspired your submission.

The deadline for submission is September 20, 2021. Please submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Guidelines for submission:

Label your submission Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow.

Do not submit more than one poem.

Do not forget to include: the poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow that inspired you, your name or pen name, and the email address where you can be contacted.

Please submit your poem in the body of the email. No attachments or links will be open.

Prizes:

First Place: $300
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $75

Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

If you do not have a PayPal account, please open one.

All winners will be featured on my blog. So will those who finish in the following places: 4, 5 and 6.

It is my hope that the winners will use part of their prizes to buy two or three books of their favorite fellow poets or novelists in order to help our literary community strive. If you do so, please let us know what you bought.

How the selection will be made?

The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

To achieve that I will do the following:

  • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
  • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
  • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
  • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

The winners will be announced in mid-October. I will update you periodically.

Thank you to everyone who already submitted.

To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Thank You and an Update on the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow #poems #reviews

Photo: Gabriela Marie Milton

To My Wonderful Followers

Thank you to my wonderful followers who have supported my work and showed me love and respect during my almost 4 years of blogging. I am deeply grateful to you and beyond humbled by your kindness.

In this post, special thanks to Joni Caggiano [site link] and to Dave Williams [site link].

Joni is a published poet and author of The Path Toward The Light, available for purchase on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle). She recently posted a wonderful review of my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow on Amazon. Joni’s gesture touched my heart. Below please find a snippet from her review. You can read the entire review on Amazon, and please do not forget to visit Joni’s blog.

I have discovered [in Woman: Splendor and Sorrow] an amalgamation of emotions that touch on every part of a woman’s existence.

Yet never have I experienced such a strong sense of compassion in every imaginable object as she transcends the physical world and relates to living entities, or nature, in the same way as she does human beings. Some examples that give us a taste of the extensiveness of these writing are as follows:*

“peaches will grow on one side of the moon
Injured lambs will scream on the other”

“I am neither a gift
Nor something you can keep
I am the syllable forgotten on your lip”

Thank you, Joni. I do not know if I would ever be able to repay your kindness.

Dave is a published poet and the author of Nobody Will Like This Book. Yesterday he wrote a review of my first poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings stating:

Before I get to the review, Gabriela Marie Milton is holding a poetry contest around her new book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. Head on over to her blog post for details!

Now on to the review of her previous book…

Let’s say you’ve walked through a few houses with blank walls. Maybe these are show houses in a new development in town. The blankness of the houses reminds you of routines: doing the same things every day, eating the same foods.

Then you enter a house with tapestries hanging on the walls. The tapestries are filled with vibrant images and suggestions of senses. That’s the kind of feeling given by Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings. Each poem is like a tapestry. 

You walk up to each tapestry and absorb the images woven into the fabric. 

The poems are celebrations of language, locations, emotions, and senses.

Thank you, Dave. Repaying your kindness will be hard, but I assure you I will do my best. Everyone, please visit Dave’s blog.

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow Poetry Contest Reminder

The poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is now open. This contest honors the literary community that has supported me in my writing journey, and celebrates my becoming a #1 Amazon best-selling author.

To participate, you should write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and list the name of the piece that inspired your submission.

The deadline for submission is September 20, 2021. Please submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Guidelines for submission:

Submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com

Label your submission Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow.

Do not submit more than one poem.

Do not forget to include: the poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow that inspired you, your name or pen name, and the email address where you can be contacted.

Please submit your poem in the body of the email. No attachments or links will be open.

Prizes:

First Place: $300

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $75

Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

If you do not have a PayPal account, please open one.

All winners will be featured on my blog. So will those who finish in the following places: 4, 5 and 6.

It is my hope that the winners will use part of their prizes to buy two or three books of their favorite fellow poets or novelists in order to help our literary community strive. If you do so, please let us know what you bought.

How the selection will be made?

The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

To achieve that I will do the following:

  • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
  • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
  • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
  • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

The winners will be announced in mid-October. I will update you periodically.

Thank you to everyone who already submitted.

To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

A Snippet from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

In the evening, the sky stretches itself from blue to dark violet. The silk of the gloves hugs my fingers. I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne. She hisses at me. I open a package of silk stockings. The door opens by itself, and you step in. Then it closes. I stare at you. You are in by your own volition.  One kiss, and you borrow my tears. One touch, and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom. I sleep besides death like Sarah Bernhardt.

Did you hear that noise? A rosary fell from the Spanish chest.

The wind slips between the petals of a rose and opens it.

Who am I? If I knew, I would tell you.

Did you say you love me? The twenty-four hours are up. Nobody is facing in the direction of the sea anymore.

There is no me.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

My book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow #1 in Amazon Hot New Releases #bestselling author #poetry #poem

My Dear Readers,
Several announcements:

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton #1 in Amazon Hot New Releases

Yesterday, August 9, 2021, my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow was #1 in Amazon Hot New Releases, Poetry Subjects and Themes. Yesterday, I became a bestselling author.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no words to tell you how humbled I am by your support, and by that of my followers from other social media outlets. Special thanks to my WP friends who are going through challenging times, and yet they still find ways to support and encourage me.

Equally, special thanks to my family, and to that wonderful person in my life who is a renowned and accomplished academic and author in his own right, and who he is now the “wind beneath my wings.”

My Dear Readers,  

Do not listen to any detractors. There will be people who will envy you. There will be people who will denigrate your work, and you personally. There will be people who will want to drag you down. Do not listen to them. Keep going. Keep shining. Keep writing. If I can do it you can do it too. I will support each one of you as much as I can.

Poetry Contest

To honor the community who have supported my writing journey and my work I plan to have a poetry contest in September.  I will ask you to write one poem inspired by a piece from my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and to list the name of the piece that inspired your submission. There will be prizes.  More info about the contest coming up in September.

MasticadoresUSA update

Thanks to Juan, MasticadoresUSA has now a new beautiful theme. There are several new posts on the site. For me MasticadoresUSA is a labor of love. It is a way of giving back to the WP community. Thank you to everyone who supports this site.

You can read the work of your fellow poets and follow the site here.

Love to everyone.

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton:

@Gabriela Marie Milton

 

Ingrid Wilson’s Reading: ‘Destiny of this earth’ by Gabriela Marie Milton #The Anthropocene Hymnal Anthology #poetry #poem

The Anthropocene Hymnal is out!

My Dear Readers,

The Anthropocene Hymnal Anthology edited and compiled by Ingrid Wilson is now available on Amazon. Please consider ordering here.

Poetry Reading

I am deeply grateful to Ingrid for her beautiful reading of my poem “Destiny of this earth.” [included in the anthology]

You can visit Ingrid’s post below

or here is a direct link to Ingrid’s reading and the text of my poem.


destiny of this earth
you are my destiny too
I burn in wildfires and spin in the eyewalls of hurricanes that should never be
I sit at the intersection of two bridges that lead nowhere
wonder how many days this earth and I have left
there is no more laughter in the eyes of the stars
there are no more shells on the shore
the waves leave behind the deformed plastic of heated summers
echoes of drunken voices
I vacillate between the poetry of broken glass and the memory of winters
that do not exist anymore
metallic noises breathe the air
and eat from the shoulder of the mountain
a curse floats in the horizon


you
my earth
in autumn when I used to break the fruit of the vines under my feet
you nursed me under your shades of green
dressed me in small shy roses
covered my face in the first dew of your mornings
now tell me
how to heal the wounds of your forests
placate the jaws of your non-ending storms
erase the negative of love from the face of your cries


destiny of this earth
you are my destiny too
teach me what saviors do

Gentle reminders:

  • There are several new posts up at MasticadoresUSA. For me MasticadoresUSA is a labor of love. Thank you to everyone who supports this site. You can read the work of your fellow poets and follow the site here.
  • For those of you who are interested, my new collection of poetry Woman: Splendor and Sorrow will be published by Vita Brevis Press on July 31.

Have a fabulous day everyone.
Love.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

On Poetry, and Woman: Splendor and Sorrow – by Gabriela Marie Milton #short essay #poem #literature

My Dear Readers,

The purpose of this post is two-fold.

  • To share with you some thoughts on poetry.
  • To briefly give you more information about my upcoming poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow, Vita Brevis Press, release date July 31. 2021, and share with you one of my favorite poems included in this collection.

  • Random Thoughts on Poetry
  • In an interview with New York Glamor Magazine, I stated: “Poetry is the magnificence which reflects upon the landscape of our souls.” My intent was neither to offer an exhaustive definition of poetry, nor to dive into the more complex realm of conceptualization, and try to explain of what poetry is composed. How arrogant of me that would have been. For those who did not get the news yet, arrogance is not sexy. It is not a precondition for talent and/or high intelligence.

    However, back to my tentative definition of poetry. It suffices to say that, if one pays close attention to my words, the most obvious conclusion is that poetry is “out there” waiting to be recognized, and to reflect itself upon the landscape of our souls.  Once recognized, the reflection happens only in the measure to which our souls can create a mirror image, albeit highly distorted and with the degree of distortion predicated on our sensibility.

    As Nigel McLoughlin wrote: “Recognition depends not on linguistic criteria or on conscious thought, but on what is physically felt. It does not demand structure or form. It is beyond that.” [McLoughlin, Nigel F ORCID: 0000-0002-0382-6831 (2013) Writing Poetry. In: A Companion to Creative Writing. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 40-55]

    Poetry is indeed beyond structure and form and, if I may, is “out there.” All of us are poets when that which we gather with our sense starts having an emotional and physical impact on us.

    [draft – Thoughts on Poetry will continue in an interview with me conducted by Brian Geiger, the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine.]

  • On Woman: Splendor and Sorrow  
  • Woman is a collection of 63 love poems and 25 pieces of poetic prose. I talked in another post about the feminist and philosophical trends in my poetic prose. However, the main theme of my book is love.

    Therefore, in this post I would like to quickly turn to my love poems. Out of the 63 love poems included in Woman, “The Biblical Sense Of To Know” is my favorite. The poem was first published by Spillwords Press under one of my pen names: Gabriela M on March 10, 2020. Below is the original text of the poem as published by Spillwords. In Woman, the text was slightly modified.

    the biblical sense of to know
    born in a summer that never existed
    nailed to the cross of your poems
    I’m losing my mind inside the blue night
    I reach you in dreams you do not understand
    It hurts when I’m there
    It hurts when I’m not
    I ask for the help gravediggers can grant
    I wrote I love you on a note that I locked
    It wasn’t a snake, it was an iguana
    the night the tango nuevo played its guitar
    on fifteen decades I counted my prayers
    my fingers were naked
    my fingers were gloved

    Why do I like this poem so much?  Because in the moments I wrote it reality deeply reflected in the mirrors of my souls. I was hurting.

    I do not believe poets know only that which comes “by observation of themselves.” The observation of ourselves is only one of the preconditions of poetry. The multiple faces of reality is perhaps another one.

    my fingers were naked
    my fingers were gloved

    Those are simply two instances of the same thing.

    I will talk to you more soon.

    Thank you for reading.
    Love to everyone.  

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Cruel Sunsets by Gabriela Marie Milton #poem #poetry #short prose

     Anna Ismagilova; Shutterstock

    Cruel Sunsets by Gabriela Marie Milton

    Summer sunsets with their cruel debaucheries of orange and purple. Concentrated scents of saffron and roses in the hallways. Dates filled with marzipan.  I crave sweetness like I crave you.

    Nightmares. A sailor drowned a cat at sea. Someone paid him to do it.

    I cannot breathe anymore.  

    Last night in one of the upstairs bedrooms the child’s toys changed places. A candle lit by itself.

    I do not wish you were here. I am beyond that. My blood flows in the opposite direction. I am the plenitude of my febrilities. I am incandescent.

    Remember that scene from Jane Eyre? Bertha: beautiful, exotic, insane, locked in a room. Bertha whom Rochester married in Jamaica. Every time he tried to open the door she would rush to tear him apart. Why am I thinking Bertha?

    I can see you walking in the streets of another continent. I can hear your murmurs by the sea.

    I still cannot breathe.

    My darling, “will you still be loving me when the summer is gone?” 

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    There are several new poems up at MasticadoresUSA. Please visit the site here and support your fellow poets. Do not forget to follow the site.

    Thank you.

    Have a beautiful summer everyone.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    A fabulous reading of my poetry by Swarn Gill #spokenword #spoken word #poems #MasticadoresUSA update

     artistaV; Shutterstock

    Spoken Word – Reading of Gabriela Marie Milton’s Poetry

    I am humbled by Swarn’s [@theedemaruh] decision to read two of my poems: Prayer published by Free Verse Revolution, and I Want My Body Burned included in my poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings.

    Swarn captured and deepened the meaning of my poems. The tone and the execution of the readings are superb. They are a testimony of his great talent. While listening to his recitation I asked myself: Can he see into my soul? It certainly felt that way.

    A note to you my dear readers. It is not about how many followers you have. It is about their quality. It’s about how they can enrich your life, and how you can enrich theirs.

    As the song goes:
    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you

    – Bob Dylan

    Please listen to Swarn’s readings.

    MasticadoresUSA update

    Two beautiful poems are now up at MasticadoresUSA.

    Read Beloved by David Gittlin here.

    Read Mulberries in the Piedmont by Bartholomew Barker here.

    Do not forget to follow MasticadoresUSA.

    Do you want to submit? Please read the editorial announcement here.
    Thank you
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    I am the one – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton translated into Italian by Daniela Cerrato up at Gioielli Rubati 146

    Anna Ismagilova; Shutterstock

    My poem I am the one translated into Italian by Daniela Cerrato is up at Gioielli Rubati 146.

    Those of you who can read Italian please visit Gioielli Rubati 146 here.

    My most sincere thanks to Daniela who translated my poem.
    Grazie di core, Daniela [visit site].

    Deep thanks to Flavio Almerighi [visit side] too, the founder of Gioielli Rubati, who featured me in previous editions, and who translated into Italian several pieces included in my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings [available on Amazon here].

    I am the one

    I am the voice of your past loves
    resounding in your wildest fantasies
    dressed in roses at the altar of your dreams
    I am the one you’ve never had
    my soul flows from the tears of the Nile
    from the hands of children who still beg
    through ruins, darkness, and deep pain
    through wars which they will never understand
    I am the last who will be saved
    for I have sinned under the shadow of His cross
    when Spanish fountains cry in the sunset
    I am the Desdemona who you’ve never met
    today Granada’s just the place
    in which García Lorca once was killed
    I am the feather of a gold macaw bird
    and in the city where bells toll
    I am the one whose cries you’ve never heard.

    Io sono l’unica

    Sono la voce dei tuoi amori passati
    che si fa eco nelle tue fantasie più selvagge
    vestita di rose all’altare dei tuoi sogni
    Sono colei che non hai mai avuto,
    la mia anima scorre dalle lacrime del Nilo
    dalle mani dei bambini che ancora mendicano
    attraverso rovine, oscurità e dolore profondo
    attraverso guerre che non capiranno mai.
    Sono l’ultima che si salverà
    perché ho peccato all’ombra della Sua croce
    quando le fontane spagnole piangono al tramonto
    Sono la Desdemona che non hai mai incontrato,
    oggi Granada è il luogo
    in cui una volta fu ucciso García Lorca.
    Sono la piuma dell’uccello ara dorato
    e nella città dove suonano le campane
    sono la sola di cui non hai mai udito i pianti.

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    A beautiful poem by Joni Caggiano is up at MasticadoresUSA. Please read it here and subscribe to MasticadoresUSA.

    Do you want to submit? Please read the guidelines here.
    Thank you
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    The splendid poetry of Ty Gardner #guest post #MasticadoresUSA update

    Dear Readers,

    It is with the outmost pleasure that I introduce you to a fabulous American poet: Ty Gardner. I discovered Ty on Twitter about a month ago. His talent captivated me. His poetry is life and it’s beauty. His poetry is all of us.

    The rambling roads are calling home,
    and the paper trails of prose-poemed passages 
    we vowed to roam echo visions of misted-morning veils 
    o’er mountain…

    Please continue reading Ty’s poem Siren Songs of Rambling Roads at MasticadoresUSA.

    Visit Ty’s Amazon site here. Pick one of his books. Read it and you will know what I am taking about. Visit him on Twitter.

    *

    Do not forget to follow MasticadoresUSA.

    Do you want to submit? Read the editorial announcement here.
    Thank you
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton