Sunday, July 16, 2006


As you speak
my veins resound
with the rippling voice
of a fibrillating metronome.
A blade-winged moth knocks
from within my chest, begging
for the comfort of my palm.
Now it flutters, now it tingles,
now it screams, “
and a breath sucks it in
just in time to purge it
of your words
and restore
the rhythm
of self.

Copyright © 2006 Anna Piutti

Published in DY Magazine on June 1, 2010.
Please note:
the copyright date appearing in the magazine (2009) is the result of a misprint.


The Clown said...

The poem itself has taken the shape of a moth..... It seems you're walking right into your reincarnation.... your lives trailing behind you. Smile.

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you for your comment. And thank you for reading me :).

Anonymous said...

The metronome goes crazy..
the blade winged moth are your concealed emotions and the pain as it cuts though your chest... What a beautiful allegory! Then you inhale, and the rythm is restored.

what a lucky person!
what a beautiful poem!

first person? great
You belong where they want you! go for it.


J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Wonderful! Well said.
(I've been wondering where you've been!)

MB said...

I noticed the shape, too — like a wing, half a heart, a breast. Strong images. The spitting sounds of consonants keep the rhythm of this knocking around until, at the end, you restore the rhythm of the poem.

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you, MB.
I guess this poem shaped itself; I didn't really notice until I finished it.

Anna Piutti said...

Anais --thank you so much for your words!

Anna Piutti said...

J. Andrew -- thank you!
I had to concentrate on my studies for a few weeks, but now I'm back.

Patry Francis said...

I like the way the poem builds to the word "unchain!" And then the release--

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you, Patry.

jadedprimadonna said...

Oooo - what an apt description of how that feels. Gave me shivers to think of it. Unchained... what we all want, I guess.

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you so much, Jaded!
We definitely need to be unchained from what causes much pain.

Minhjan said...

tremendous poetry!

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you!

stan said...

nice flow that goes into an acrostic poetry form... a great combonation of the two.

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you, Stan!

Anonymous said...

I can almost see you put your hand to your mouth keeping the scream back. This is wonderful poetry, pity there is so little shared with us. Do you write in any other language too?

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you, Cherie! Those are flattering words indeed.
I only write in English at the moment.

golfedombre said...

pensavo fossi sparita dall'universo, ma vedo con piacere che esisti ancora.

un carissimo saluto

Anna Piutti said...

Grazie, Stefano. Questo non è stato e non è un bel periodo per me. Al momento sono semi-invalida e scrivo con la mano sinistra.
Buona serata!

golfedombre said...

ho capito. Mi auguro di risentirti presto in forma.

un caro saluto

Anna Piutti said...

Ti ringrazio molto!
A presto.

golfedombre said...

how are your hand?

Anna Piutti said...

My back, shoulder, arm and hand are feeling a little better, thank you, Stefano. I might need some therapies though. I guess we'll see. How are you?

Plus Ultra said...

Wow, I stumble on your blog, the poetry is lovely, you have not posted for some time, can I put you on my links, if possble could you reply to my blog, thanks

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you so much, Plus Ultra! Of course you can add me to your list, and thank you :).
I'll read your blog very soon.

Roger Stevens said...

Yes, a lovely shape. That's the trouble joining in at the end of a long line of comments. Evrything's been said.

Love the blade-winged moths too.
I wonder what might happen if you set them free?

A fine poem.

GEL said...

I have seen your face in comments on writing blogs we both read. I'm in poetic heaven reading your lovely work. Strong sound and imagery: a delight!

I especially liked these phrases:
"rippling voice/
of a fibrillating metronome./
A blade-winged moth"

Oh, my career is as an artist. How I'd love to visit Italy!

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you so much for your kind words, GEL.
I'm glad you enjoyed reading my poems.

I wish you all the best with your career! :)

Pedro Marrero y Benitez said...

well done...i am now a new fan ms. piutti

Anna Piutti said...

Thank you, Pedro. You have an interesting blog yourself.