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31 July 2011

Quietly Surprising

(Found poem: Cryptic crossword clues)

One enters 
very quietly
the final conduit
quiet knock 
Len returning
with bits of broken shell
nice to come back
into quiet, first-rate court area
the French shelter
outside the open atrium
with a kind of concealed energy
the boy it brings back
makes hand signals in water surges
surprising boy dancer 
a pro, he is faultless.


  1. nice..this flows from image to image very well...he is faultless...this is a very serene moment...

  2. this feels like a dance for me...quiet steps...the gathering of energy...a certain "holiness" - very nice

  3. What a wonderful inspiration--I'm awful at crosswords, but I often find their oddly phrased smug questions irresistible and ponder over them in frustrated impotence. Much better to make a poem of them, and this poem is exceptionally adroit at arranging them into some excellent verse. I love particularly "the final conduit," and "the boy it brings back"

  4. The clues I took from this one were particularly intriguing — and yes, the poem was instead of continuing to wrestle in vain with the crossword! :-D

  5. I love the mystery, and the sense of discovery.

  6. hello rosemary, what a genius way to make a poem. each imagery is clear but one still cannot see (that is me with most poems), and the last line is perfect.

  7. Hello, and thank you. Yes, I like 'found poems' when I am lucky enough to find them. :)

  8. I am imagining wonderful croissants and cafe in that French court. Am I correct?

    Interesting poem. I am always amazed at how fluid and inviting different combinations of words can be.


  9. Well, Jannie, I can't tell you because I didn't solve the clues, lol.

    I'm glad you like what I did with them instead.