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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Walking along a low-water mark

Drought

Little bones (some bird’s) sun-bleached: the world
overexposed, sun-rotted. That shadow inside me an
inverse mirror where dazzled dim blindness pools.

Stagnant puddle: cyclopean eye lying in the mudflat,
lying about the cyan sky. I’d give back my share of
light-and-dark to quiet the flies buzzing around its edge.

Chalk dust: powdered graves, ancient diatom sea-drift
compacted drought on drought now talc exhaled by the
last hot breath of summer, and I whisper again for rain.

7 comments:

Mise said...

Sometimes I think I'd like to write some poetry - and then I read what others write - like this...and I go back to what I think I can do. :-D

Refugee from Reason said...

Oh my, this is quite lyrical and clearly a departure. Something new?

Ed Maskevich said...

The inward mirror
turned out
Reflects the sun's dazzling light

A whisper of rain comes
refreshing the powdered graves
giving new life
to bleached bones

The eye sees
the puddle no longer stagnant
and is thankful to share
the light and darkness

Have a good Memorial Day.

Lori Witzel said...

Mise -- If you have the itch, scratch it. One has to start somewhere...

R -- Sometimes the late summer heat brings on a deep melancholy, and every now and then that low-water mark gives rise to a poem.

Ed -- :-) Thanks, I needed that!

Trevor Pitt said...

Ooooh, multi-multi-talented. ;)

Dave said...

Hey, this is good! I hope you're able to post more poems from time to time.

MB said...

Beautiful!