Barefoot Poetry

SS Matthews

Incense Burning


River flow deep,
flow silent,
flow swift.

Murmur no more your joyous tones
beneath a reflecting Flower Moon.

Carry on your ceaseless currents
my gifts given, too soon, away.

Drift Jade Heart, downstream
love’s bud must pass un-bloomed.

As incense sweet assails the night,
guide this fragile bamboo raft,
bound in betrothal silk a-fray,
to a distance far from lantern’s light,
from this mocking Lover’s Moon.

Poetry by SS Matthews


Author: SSMatthews

Author of The Moon and Rowan Wolfe and Wolfe's Banes.

9 thoughts on “Incense Burning

  1. nice undertones of emotion in this scott…the betrothal and the mocking lovers moon ring of a heart broken for sure…roll on river…take me far from here….

  2. You have written a very beautiful mood piece. it is not easy to create an authentic and palpable atmosphere but you have done that here. I also love the imagery which speaks of the beauties of the East.

  3. I love the lines on nature …

  4. This is very poignant. I especially love your beautiful closing lines.

  5. the first verse flows like the subject, nice interior rhyme and pace.

  6. Peaceful beauty here in your words!

  7. This flows and gently bears its pain.

  8. Love the line “love’s bud must pass un-bloomed.”

  9. As beautiful as the Flower Moon. Such ease and such a mood created.

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