• Poem Loving You Featured on 365 Scribble Radio

    February 26, 2016 | NEWS | Kara Johnstad
  • Welcome to this week's edition of Scribble the program that brings to life the world of Poetry and Creative Writing. On the programme we have an interview with Jen Walls, poetry from Kara Johnstad, Paul Griffiths, Bob Williams, Skylark Hatee, Esi Yanksy, Dianne Forbes Compton and Tom Nelson

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    Loving You
    I shall die
    Either way
    There is no return.

    For if I say no
    To this passion
    That slumbers within,
    No, to your laughter
    That slips under my skin

    No to my heart
    That longs to take wing
    No, to a moment
    More precious than spring

    No, because the distance
    Is far too far, too vast
    No, because why try?
    When we know that nothing will last...

    In this moment
    When I look life
    Right straight in the eyes
    And choose NO
    In response to God's sweetest surprise

    In that same moment of NO
    I shall start to whither and die
    My heart shall grow heavy
    And the sun shall not rise

    Live a pauper's life
    Empty pockets and pretty lies
    Solemn and somber
    A lovely disguise

    I buried my flight
    'So well behaved”
    Ticking off time
    As I march to my grave

    And yet if I say yes,
    To following this bliss
    The kind that leads to topsy-turvys
    And martinis with a twist

    Yes, to the difference in age
    And the difference of place
    The wild funny stories
    And a place on your face

    Yes to these lines,
    That just won't leave my head
    You go grrrlllll,
    Before you are dead.

    If I say yes to this ache
    Which I don't understand
    That has pulled me right out of
    My logical plans....

    If I say yes,
    To licking the salt off your skin
    Or allowing you to enter me
    Deep deep within

    Then my oh my
    Then I shall really die
    As I surrender
    To life's sweetest surprise

    And this death will be quick
    On that night of no moons
    As we glide on lake
    And you dive like a loon...

    And there in the dark
    Without time, age or space
    There we are showered
    In God’s Holy Grace

    I am not here
    And you are not there
    We are where nobody worries
    And nobody cares

    Only our souls to see
    If it were true
    Only our hearts that beat..
    I love you.

    Kara Johnstad

  • Thank you, Neil and the great Scribble Community. Thank you, Christian Lindquist for providing the music for this piece. You can find more of Christian Lindquist's exquisite piano pieces at Christian Lindquist - Solo Piano Diary

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  • Photo: Kara Johnstad by Joerg Grosse-Geldermann
    Photo Unsplash "Yosemite" by Annaliese Phillips