Artemis or You

POETRY FORMAT, 31 Oct 2016

Emanuel E. Garcia, MD – TRANSCEND Media Service







I couldn’t blame the moon,
Though tempted, for mistaking you
In Artemis, or Artemis in you,
Who could tell, she was so swift,
You had fled, I was pulled
Into the deepening shade,
My markers were obscured
By the thickening stationary

I followed my veins
On this soundless night,
Through rutted paths, ascents,
Across the pits and mounds,
Grasses sparse, they would
Lead me, not so much a choice

I wanted a word with you,
With her, given, sent,
To pluck your garland,
Take your bow – what use
Had it here against
My poetry?

And who I am, or you,
Or she, or he who has taken
My guise –
Give my voice a chance
As we wait, low, entangled:
There is much in this earth,
Not always bruising,
Never wholly cold

Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia is an American poet, novelist and physician who now resides in New Zealand. He may be contacted at

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