Saturday, December 7, 2013

sad--By James Rasmusson--United States

sad (double tetractys)

know you’re sad
when you answer
me in a nearly inaudible drone
the eardrum of my heart nearly bursting
from the thunder
clap of tears

James began writing in the 1960’s and immediately showed a love for seasonal, humorous, and philosophical poetry. In the late 70’s, he became an ardent photographer and soon found that the two artistic mediums cross pollinated each other. West Michigan is an art Mecca with over 100 galleries and art camps with Jim residing in the lovely coastal town of Holland, Michigan. A practitioner of Surat Shabd Yoga since 1972, his art is an expression of his lifetime love affair with nature and his quest for truth. James is the winner of many awards in both photography and poetry including the 2005 Shadow Poetry 5th biannual chapbook competition. The artist says he likes to underscore the abstract and tease the mind and be ever alert for juxtapositions that express irony, absurdity, and poignancy, desiring for people to feel both tension and resolution in his compositions.


  1. Dear Jim

    'the thunder clap of tears falling down' is such a unique concept. I love how the sad silence bursts into tears of sadness.


  2. James, This is an excellent example of this form created by the late Ray Stubbings and shows its value as aural poetry.Rgds Brian

  3. Your insight has been cleverly put into words. Super!...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  4. I really loved your carefully chosen adjectives that were so apropos It made this poem very unique and I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

  5. Hello James, I have learned that communication is essential to having a good relationship. When one person remains silent, it is heart-wrenching for the other. You did an amazing job on this double tetractys! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Carolyn Devonshire