Thursday, August 30, 2007
Poem for Poetry Thursday
Oh hell. This feels like a death.
That being said, the debt of thanks I owe to Liz and Dana and the Poetry Thursday community cannot be repaid. I’ve posted more than 70 poems because of Poetry Thursday—more that I had written in the 10 years prior to 2006. I managed to complete a manuscript and co-found a literary reading series. I’ve developed relationships beyond the computer screen—all because of this deep, abiding love of poetry. All because Liz and Dana said that poetry matters.
Thank you, ladies. Thank you.
Because this feeling of community is so important, I am working with Dana, Jim, and Melissa to bring something new and innovative to the blogosphere. Our goal is to have it up and running next week. In the meantime, here’s my last poem for Poetry Thursday. It’s an oldie but one that is close to my heart. I am honored to share it with you on Poetry Thursday.
High above the treetops’ skeleton arms and bare fingertips,
large, white birds soar and glide in conversation with the air.
Are they angels flying in the formation of a cross,
their wings extended and exposed under the afternoon sky?
You and I have chosen a sullen life. We rattle our cages,
bite the bell, every feather of our fiery wings clipped.
As the curtains grow pale, we look through layers of light
while something in the world flies away from us.