That Way


Dew (Photo credit: Benson Kua)

In less than twenty-four hours, the doors will be open for dVerse Open Link Night, so here’s my poem for the occasion. I hope many of you will join us there to enjoy the poetry and companionship of poets from all over the world.

That Way

The way the dew curls up
to sleep in hollow clefts of clover,

the way the flautist’s breath
produces chords in empty reeds,

the way the wind balloons
clean sheets hung out to dry

and fragrant hyacinth
assails my senses,

the way birdsong awakens
morning mystics—

that way you fill
my emptiness.

Photo: via Wikipedia, Benson Kua.

Copyright: Victoria C. Slotto, Lucky Bat Books

I’m also pleased to announce that, in a few days, my novel Winter is Past will now be available in print form from in Europe. Here’s a recent review from Pam B., Tuscon, AZ:

The powerful story and the beautiful spirit of the author are evident from almost the first page of ‘Winter is Past.’ It is a story of a haunting darkness from childhood, of life-threatening illness, of love and the utmost generosity and of terrible loss, grief–and rising from the ashes. Victoria grabs you in the first chapter and in trying to understand how anyone could survive Claire’s losses, it’s almost impossible to put it down. I cried through 60 pages! Winter is Past has a special place on my bookshelf, from where I will pick it up every time I need to be reminded of the strength of love and friendship and of beginning again.


32 thoughts on “That Way

  1. Lindy Lee says:

    “That Way”, very well done. Congratulations on publishing “Winter Is Past”…


  2. Elliot says:

    beautiful, and congrats on getting published


  3. poemsofhateandhope says:

    ‘the way you fill my emptiness’- love these lines completely- the linkage between the living world and human emotion is powerful here- realying thoe feelings of love that we all link to certain objects- that creates an intangible feeling- one we always try to recreat, remember and hold onto- but its only in fantastic poems like this that we really get to feel it again…


  4. Beth Winter says:

    Oh my word, this is delicious.


  5. Myrna says:

    This is beautiful a prayer of gratitude sort of.

    Congratulations on your book! That is an impressive review. I’ll have to look this up. How exciting for you.


  6. Intense and brilliantly observed. It possesses great economy of language and yet conveys so much.


  7. hobgoblin2011 says:

    really nice job using the senses here, really nice imagery. Great read. Thanks


  8. Alex Dissing says:

    Congrats on the book! I’ve always had a fascination with clovers and I love the image you associated with them. A refreshing read, thank you.


  9. Irene says:

    Beautiful small breaths here, Victoria.


  10. ayala says:

    Beautiful poem! Congratulations on the book, I am so happy for you!


  11. leahJlynn says:

    My favorite line is “the way birdsong awakens morning mystics” still lovely
    for dVerse am at:


  12. Nara Malone says:

    So beautiful! Every image inspires. Congrats on the book release 🙂


  13. joanbarrettroberts says:

    Lovely writing & beautifully said ~ love your images & how love is shown to unfold & can be discovered ~ hope! Congratulations on your new book! Best wishes


  14. Bodhirose says:

    Love this, Victoria…beautiful ways to fill us all up.


  15. hedgewitch says:

    Perfect title–I’m really taken with how it both sums up and leads into a deceptively simple, evocative view of plenty and peace. Beautiful wordcraft, Victoria.


  16. Louise says:

    Beautiful poem & huge congratulations on your book! Can’t wait to read it! It’s on my list 🙂


  17. cloudfactor5 says:

    That was short and sweet !! Invigoratingly wonderful !!


  18. brian miller says:

    and woohoo on the book victoria…that is awesome!


  19. brian miller says:

    mmm beautiful flourish of a close…on a note of love…i went back and reread them with a renewed smiles a second time…fill that emptiness…smiles…


  20. Congrats on the book! I will check it out!
    I love this poem. It flows so well, and the pictures it presents so eloquently are vivid; almost like looking at a photo album. Nice!


  21. Ahmed Sanny says:

    Wow! Wonderful………going nicely 🙂


  22. Wonderful to have someone or, something to fill the emptiness. Your imagery is soft, gentle, lovely.
    Good luck with the book Victoria!~!


  23. Bill says:

    Really marvelous balance of sound, image and feeling that stays true to a felt whole. It reminds me of so many quotes, but this one in particular from the Tao de Ching:

    The space between Heaven and Earth
    Is it not like a bellows?
    Empty, and yet never exhausted
    It moves, and produces more

    Also, congrats on the book, Victoria! I know that’s a big deal. I’ll be sure to check that out.


  24. vivinfrance says:

    Little word pictures of sensory delights – a beautiful poem.


  25. PoetJanstie says:

    This poem is out of the top drawer, Victoria. Such a heart warming build and moving conclusion in the final two lines. I envy your ability for brevity and concision.


  26. dfb says:

    Lovely imagery here, Victoria, and I like the repetition: very effective. Congratulations on your book, I will look out for it.


  27. claudia says:

    love the images you use…the flautist’s breath and the clean sheets hung out to dry are my favs… we have a dryer but rarely use it, just because i’m kinda obsessed with having the wind and the sun caught in my fresh washed clothes..


  28. leahJlynn says:

    This is such a lovely poem, like seeing beautiful real lace (very soft and natural)


  29. Eve Redwater says:

    Very refreshing. 🙂 Lovely write Victoria!


  30. zongrik says:

    i really like this, it explains so clearly and so gently at the same time.


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