The Return of J. Humbert Riddle

Editor’s Note: After a
Long period of absence and
Forgetfulness, I found the
Courage to dig deep into the
Pile of moldy Riddle poems. This
Is what I found…

Excerpt 7

… Long ago on mountain cliffs I
Threw unfinished, broken
Poems to the dry wind. These

Bits of a lost self. These pages
Slowly dissolving in
Cool mountain lakes.

Excerpt 19

So it happened that wild stares
Greet me in towns as
The wild hawk soars as
The beer spills over battered
Muddy boots as
Songs can no longer be heard from
An unplugged juke box as

I push through fog towards
The windy, wild shore.

Excerpt 2

I did find it once, this
Patient, quiet longing for
Higher things. The touch
In the stormy night. The

Smell of clean mornings beside
Crisp alpine streams. The
View like a carpet rolling on and
On. I

On cliff-sides and thinking
About green vases with
Pink buds picked from unknown
Gardens behind thick, waving
Aspen trees. Once…

The hint of madness,
The hint of lov

15 thoughts on “The Return of J. Humbert Riddle

  1. Donna@Living From Happiness July 3, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I enjoyed seeing Riddle return to read the excerpts…masterful!

    ‘I did find it once, this
    Patient, quiet longing for
    Higher things.’


  2. Mary July 3, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Nice to see that J. Humbert Riddle is ‘alive and well.’ I enjoyed your excerpts,but truly must admit to still trying to get a handle on who he is or represents. I feel I don’t know him, but undoubtedly that is part of his mystery.


  3. annell4 July 3, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I like the idea of digging for poems….bits of lost self….on windy shore….the touch on stormy night…the hint of madness….the hint of lov….I enjoyed reading your bits of forgotten self.


  4. jae rose July 3, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    That missing letter seems symbolic – the vase anachronistic as if perhaps he wants home/indoors/normality – what was.. And yet sometimes we have to tear up inside and out in order to push through


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) July 3, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    I love his return, and I think I start to get to know him, these seems earlier actually, more normality in these images, a feeling of nomadic search perhaps…


  6. Sherry Marr July 3, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I especially love Excerpt 7 and am happy J. Humbert Riddle has returned. I, too, was struck by him looking at the natural world, and thinking of roses in a vase. An intriguing write, Matthew.


  7. totomai July 3, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Interesting character, Matthew. Looks like there’s more snippets coming soon. Perhaps he is a wanderer, like any of us


  8. Susan July 3, 2016 / 10:39 pm

    Welcome, with all the scraps and traces of the past yearnings and discoveries you have with you. Sometimes I think I should handle mine like clothes from the closet, seeing which ones I am spiritually attached to and discarding the rest. At other times, I think I should save them all for a quilt like the one you post today.


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade July 3, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    Ah, poor dear Humbert! I am selfish enough to hope it took him a long, long time to find that elusive peace or enlightenment he appeared to be seeking, so that there will still be many beautiful fragments to be revealed to the world.


  10. Sumana Roy July 4, 2016 / 2:25 am

    “These / Bits of a lost self.”…lost in the beauty of the wilderness and higher things i hope…love the tranquility every word pours…


  11. thotpurge July 4, 2016 / 3:59 am

    Fascinating vignettes … makes me wonder about the riddle that is the man…


  12. Sanaa Rizvi July 4, 2016 / 8:18 am

    On cliff-sides and thinking
    About green vases with
    Pink buds picked from unknown
    Gardens behind thick, waving
    Aspen trees.

    This is beautiful….!!!


  13. ZQ July 4, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Awesome… intriguing excepts.


  14. Magaly Guerrero July 4, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    I really like the structure, the holes that are part of the whole, “The hint of madness, / The hint of lov”.


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