Poet Robert Okaji Reads Rain Forest Bridge

 

Rain Forest Bridge

To cross
you must first
trust the strands

to hold.
The second tentative
step precedes
the next,

each successive one
gaining strength:
here to

there, now
to then, a summoning of
entreaties
within
one’s faith.

Vapor meets cooler air,
forming droplets,

clouding the far side.

I have feared endings
and the strictures of the unseen,

but here
in this vast
swaying,
I know

one line
bisects the void.

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22 Responses to Poet Robert Okaji Reads Rain Forest Bridge

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  2. Nice piece. Nice reading.

    I like the tone, the remoteness, the distance, the coolness created.
    The fear that we all ultimately face, and the
    the faith we must summon while living within the swaying line
    bisecting everything.

    Once, again, very nice. Randy

  3. pi314chron says:

    Excellent reading, Bob! Very impressive…even on those big 3-syllable monsters! *g*

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  5. nicshep says:

    Great! I really enjoyed listening to you read it. Nicely paced and evocative imagery.

  6. ginnideville says:

    Reblogged this on Ginni bites! and commented:
    This is how I feel attempting to cross a rope bridge.

  7. Nicely done Bob!
    This is a great metaphor for fear in many situations, especially life’s transitions.
    “I have feared endings
    and the strictures of the unseen,” –

    I really like adding voice to your poem. It makes it come alive. What did you use?

    Thanks for sharing. :0) Marie

  8. robert okaji says:

    Thank you. I used a little digital recorder. I’d tried recording directly onto the laptop, but couldn’t dampen the noise – the computer whine. But the handheld recorder worked fine, and I simply transferred the MP3 file to the desktop.

  9. Poetsmith says:

    Lovely to hear it read out. Regards, Iris.

  10. swabby429 says:

    My sense of touch merges with this. Nice!

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  12. t.s.wright says:

    Reblogged this on Eadar Doodles + Cheese and commented:
    Reblogged – poem written and read by Robert Okaji.
    Listen. It’s beautiful.

  13. Reblogged this on The Dreaming Path and commented:
    good poem

  14. stohrees says:

    This is a beautiful poem.

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