Waltz for Mind and Body

By Diane O'Leary

I am the in here, I am mattering – mattering
born to the tempo of moments ago –
and ago I was too, I went lumbering order
then too, I was lumbering forward like form
before now, to the now and the now I came, sorting
some slumbering undersound.
				    Listen though: once, at some
point, at some time, I just hadn't been, hadn't grown
open, was less than a tone – some unstrikeable
timbre I must have been only, some stuff
of the stuff of the earth underprouded in tangible
no-ness, some unsounded bone.
				      I know that
at best, to the any-old-stone of the earth
I redundantly was in this undering way –
but I'm sure I could span no towarding.  Nobody
forwards there, ever.  Nobody mores.
Nobody stone ever bumbled an undersound.

How in this ground could my hour lie latently?
When did I turn with this power, this tone,
to the thundering void to reclaim my own forming?
Listen – my noise is no storming of stuff!
I am the in here!  I am mattering merely –
but mattering so –
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About Diane O'Leary

Diane O'Leary's first published poem, "Waltz for Mind and Body," was the first poem of Literal Latte's online incarnation.  She is a former academic philosopher and former composer whose poems have appeared in Nimrod, EDNA, Main Street Rag, Lilliput and elsewhere. She's received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Santa Fe Art Institute and others, and grants from the Saltonstall and Vogelstein Foundations.  Diane lives in the idyllic lakeside town of Skaneateles, NY.  (She is not from Ohio, has never written a poem titled "Facing Life" and has little else in common with the poet who shares her name!)

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