in total absence of proximity


{{I’ve been terribly sick with a chest/head cold so please pardon my voice on the audio}}

we gazed at a tranquil moon

a great, alabaster orb

it’s pores seeping with dull romance

we marveled with held breath

at its indescribable reach

its effortless inebriation of the earth

it’s gorgeous importance

in total absence of proximity

and we knew, somehow

perhaps by instinct

that the ocean’s unyielding obedience 

to the moon, the man therein

was not given blindly

nor granted in vain, no–

the sky’s palest child took it’s time

revealing it’s longings over eons

in a constant, meandering light

atmospheric love letter’s

written in luminous dust

the epitome of a gallant galaxy

building a sacred trust

as the sandcastles of strangers

eventually washed away 

as storms raged and cliffs eroded

the moon… remained

siphoning it’s safety

to the lonely shorelines 

consoling each unruly ripple

obscuring flaws in the waves

with an incandescent blanket

the moon was always fullest

in worshiping

in transference of intimacy

the sea’s contented deference 

was granted

declared unabashedly 

in the crooning of humpbacks

the lullabies of the latitudes

water’s graceful bodies

surrendering to the candor

of gravity

forsaking all others

endlessly responsive

of it’s lunar lover

it’s depths dutiful

and we imagined, together

what it must be like

to have, to know

a love like that

but we couldn’t

a. duncan, 2019.





Aykut Aydogu –

Ed Freeman (@edfreemanphoto)



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27 thoughts on “in total absence of proximity

  1. ok 🙂 no terrible mistake, just typing, living at the modern pace, etc.
    nice image, the whales crooning
    (I think of them more as Portuguese fado music, but underwater)
    anyway — will catch up with your newer stuff gradually.

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      1. I wrote two new poems because of your work, one more being written. Your poetry, verbal and written. Magic. You should do YouTube. I have posted a few there. My voice, not as pretty as your voice.

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      2. Ahhhh I am so complimented. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your compliments and support. The writing community is so vital and unique – and being inspired is why we do what we do. I will be sure to check out your latest work! I’ll have to look into doing YouTube. I’m sure your voice is lovely! Thank you again for making my day.

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      1. Have you considered doing professional audio narrating before? Because you’ve got a wonderful voice for it in your poetry readings – warm, intimate and husky which is so soothing to read along to. Have you thought about trying it out freelance?

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      2. Haha, aw Tom. Thank you!! It’s funny you say that because several other people have asked me about that over the last few years. I would love to do professional audio – but have no earthly idea how one gets into that type of work!

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      3. It’s something I considered once in a while, but the only real solid advice I’ve found is checking out other audioreaders’ stories online about how they started out, or perhaps starting small through local radio. Best of luck with whatever avenue suits you best! 😀
        P.S. I’ll be writing another animal tribute soon (featuring your favourite vixen 🦊), this time with a river otter since they’re a huge part of our local wildlife. How does that sound?

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      4. Very interesting Tom. I appreciate you mentioning all of this and getting me thinking about a possible new avenue/opportunity!

        That sounds …. AMAZING!!!!!! I mentioned the otter in the first read through – it reminded me of you! so I am very excited to learn more about Mr. Otter ❤ Can't wait ❤

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      5. Haha, so pleased you’re up for it! 😀 Otters are one of my favourite animals, so I’m really excited to be writing it soon! Hope you like the tribute to your character – plenty of cubs featuring too!

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      6. I’m on the edge of my seat! (literally and figuratively!)… Also, as a random little aside, I’ve always heard of fox offspring referred to as ‘kits’. I just googled it, and apparently ‘cub’ can be used interchangeably. I didn’t know this! So you taught me something today 🙂 you sweet little banana peel

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      7. Glad you’re looking forward to it! 😀 Yeah, I’ll use different terms to distinguish them easier. If you like the feel of the story & fancy trying another audio recording, I’d love to hear your take on it! ❤

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      8. 😀 😀 😀 As the previous one focussed more about a mother’s protective instincts, this POV’s from the father’s perspective with him guarding his family. How does that sound?

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