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Jeffrey Johannes


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Sometimes fog
surrounds morning
in a white room;
then the silence
of sunlight seeps
into balsam shadows.
Steam is silence too,
slipping over the brim
of bone china
in the coffee-quiet
of morning.

This poem first appeared in the Wisconsin Poets Calendar (2003).
Used here with the author’s permission.

 

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Jeffrey Johannes is an artist and poet who lives in Port Edwards, Wisconsin. He co-edited the 2012 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar with his wife, Joan. Jeffrey is the author of a chapbook, Ritual for Beginning Again, and is currently combining his art and poetry to create comics, which he calls “pometoons.” Learn more about him here.

 

 

 


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jtmilford:
A beautiful description. Thanks
Posted 06/22/2016 04:16 PM
Katrina:
Can caffeine keep quiet?
Posted 06/22/2016 05:06 AM
transitions:
Lovely
Posted 06/21/2016 12:34 PM
rhonasheridan:
The beauty of silence. Very lovely. Thank you.
Posted 06/20/2016 04:32 PM
barbsteff:
Stunnning observations and commitment, Jeffrey! Mu h truth to emulate here.
Posted 06/20/2016 11:35 AM
TheSilverOne:
Loved this peaceful poem! ~Doris Bezio
Posted 06/20/2016 10:58 AM
erinsnana:
Nice!
Posted 06/20/2016 10:21 AM
Jo:
steam as silence--I never thought of it that way but how true--as we bend our face into the steam of morning coffee.
Posted 06/20/2016 09:54 AM
Lori Levy:
Soothing.
Posted 06/20/2016 09:50 AM
michaelanderson:
Ahh, the steam "slipping over the brim of/bone china" Well done!
Posted 06/20/2016 09:02 AM
wendy morton:
Spare and lovely.
Posted 06/20/2016 08:51 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
A wonderful poetic snapshot, Jeffrey. I sit in silent admiration.
Posted 06/20/2016 08:38 AM
Michael:
Thank you Jeffrey. Really like the "s" sounds in this poem.
Posted 06/20/2016 07:40 AM
blueskies:
...in the coffee quiet of the morning. Know that neighborhood. Well said. Thank you,Jeffery.
Posted 06/20/2016 07:18 AM
Janet Leahy:
Sounds bring music to this poem, I never thought of steam as silence but it works so well here "slipping over the brim of bone china." Thanks Jeffrey, you've captured this moment in time.
Posted 06/20/2016 06:48 AM
Gary Busha:
Yes.
Posted 06/20/2016 05:54 AM


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