Rachel’s Ladder

Rosie Hardy - Self Portrait

Rachel’s Ladder

     I. When There Is

No darkness without light.
No rest without sleep.
No dreams without love.
No madness without obsession.
No miracles without imagination.

    II. The Builders

Angles and machines build
a nimbus on my breath.
A cherub sends a raincloud.
Archangels bleed excess

   III. The Rest Place

To return
without denial
to a warm body.
My head on a cushion
soul and joy are one.

    IV. The Twin Flame

In dreamland
our silver threads meet:
A love affair in corporeality.


I think this is the last One Stop Poetry Challenge for Sunday:


This is the:  Sunday Photography Interview: Rosie Hardy & Poetry Challenge

I got the picture from her website, specifically, the Self-Portrait Section:


About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on July 17, 2011, in One Stop Poetry, Poetry and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. i liked it very much 🙂 nice job!

  2. it is sheer delight to read your mini chapters…i esp like the builders…really great imagery!

  3. Each “mini chapter” can also stand by itself. I really felt the impact of the 3rd and 4th sections, as well as the overall effect of the initial pairings. Second section is amazing too. “Angles and machines build
    A nimbus on my breath.
    A saint sends a raincloud.
    Archangels bleed excess”
    Powerful, in relatively few words w/symbolic imagery.

  4. Quite vivid. Good work.

  5. I really like the pairing of sections, each to its own stand, ladder steps building together as the image, yet ‘The Builders’ too stands out for me.

  6. what a cool take on a cool picture…i like this a lot!

  7. Wonderful poetry 🙂
    Enjoyed reading it.
    Loved these words – “No madness without obsession.No miracles without imagination.”

  8. You presented this poem in such a unique manner, and one that worked extremely well, Very enjoyable! Thank you.

  9. Love the image…the poem is very succinct. I can appreciate poems when no extra words are needed

  10. I really like this all, but Section I seems more like a prologue to the entire piece than a poem within it.

    I love:
    Angles and machines build
    a nimbus on my breath.

  11. true words.
    very well put.

  12. Great picture & a wonderful poem. Nice!

    my offering for Gooseberry Garden picnic: http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/this-eden/

  13. very wonderful pieces.

  14. Enjoyed the building on the prompt…separate but together.

    Thank you…I always learn so much from your writing.

    ☮ Siggi in Downeast Maine

  15. The last stanza won me over. Gorgeous.


  16. Gorgeous writing. Stunning tender imagery.

  17. Just wonderful, Bat-Ami. I love that you took Jacob’s ladder and showed that we, too, as women, struggle with angels and climb the Tree. I like the interplay of body and spirit. Hope I didn’t read too much into it.

    • no. you didn’t read too much into it at all. that’s exactly the point. Rachel and Jacob were twin flames. they are classic lovers, so if Jacob had a ladder, wouldn’t Rachel? and it’s all spiritual and a struggle with angels, of course.

  18. Of course Rachel would have a ladder and all the obstacles and struggles that go with climbing. This is wonderful Bat-Ami and the photo is phenomenal! Perfect with your writing!


  19. This is an intriguing poem filled with lots of imagery.
    Artfully done ….. Enjoyed it …!!!

  20. cool pic! and great write.

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