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Antonia Alexandra Klimenko

Old Friends    

 

Every Spring I unearth them--

those chiffon dresses with butterfly wings

in their unfurling dark kimonos

the old notebooks

in their unmarked graves

the dried geraniums

that survived the winter

the old friend 

who didn't

 

Every Spring

I say hello to things

and people to whom

I once said goodbye

Moving forward 

I step backward

into a new pattern

in which I am

with only my eyes

unable to fully open

in which I am

with all my senses

able to blindly trust

 

Whoever planted the earth 

the sun    the stars

the seeds from which all blessings grow

the silver tears of meteors that fall like dew

the spring rain wet with promise--

Who tills these thoughts in my fertile head

knew all too well

you cannot harvest 

what you do not sow

 

What is lost from year to year

glances back on us--

passes through our fragile glass--

their mirror into ours

Passes through

as light  as dust

as Memory's  smoke and shadow

 

Outside my unframed window 

the moon is melting   trembling 

as white as snow--

as liquid as these timeless hours

I bow to kiss the sky  

my feet are planted on

I blossom in the wisdom

of what    I come to know

 

Antonia Alexandra Klimenko was first introduced on the BBC and to the literary world by the legendary Tambimutttu of Poetry London–publisher of T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas Henry Miller and Bob Dylan, to name a few. Although her manuscript was orphaned upon ‘Tambi’s passing, her poems and correspondence are included in his Special Collections at Northwestern University. Klimenko, a former San Francisco Poetry Slam Champion, is widely published ; her work has appeared in (among others) XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, Atlanta Review, Big Bridge, Levure Litteraire, Strangers in Paris–New Writing Inspired by the City of Light, Writing for Peace, Occupy Wall Street Anthology (in which she is distinguished as an American poet) and Maintenant: Journal of Contemporary Dada 

Writing and Art archived at the in Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She lives in The City of Light where she is Writer/Poet  in Residence at SpokenWord Paris.