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seagull poem redux





desolation (seagull poem 2).

it was the hour of the wolf, and the night swallowed the sound of my footsteps.
half-insensible with grief, i hardly knew or cared where i was.

suddenly a pattern matched; the world fell in around me.
a different story uncurled itself from the space between one step and the next.

i stood frozen as the memory claimed my senses:
the winter air; the white birds wheeling, flashing like glitter in the blue snowglobe sky.
for a long moment it seemed the next step must complete that movement;
i must pass, as through a doorway, from this shadowed street to that bright one.

i saw the brightness though i stood in night --
it seemed the birds were real, and i the shadow, a creature watching them from the wrong time.
for a moment i forgot the pain of loneliness,
as if the sea-birds' cries once again lifted me out of myself.

but my foot came down on the same street: no doorway.
even as i turned in wonder, the memory came unaligned.

behind me the world was ordinary, unchanged.
the bare limbs of the tree reached wearily into a sky devoid of birds.

Date: 2007-04-27 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laughingstone.livejournal.com
that's beatiful. great imagery. you put me right in the scene with you.

Date: 2007-04-27 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doktorvox.livejournal.com
Lovely, though when I was reading it on the page, I confess that I preferred my original interpretation of "sex-birds" to "sea birds." :)

Date: 2007-04-28 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_wirehead_/
mgmt is not responsible for any Freudian parsing errors that occurred in the mind of the user. we can only warranty the contents of this journal insofar as to make sure it is delivered to you safely through the tubes of the internet; anything that happens to it thereafter is your own problem.

(also, wtf, this happened last time (http://users.livejournal.com/_wirehead_/395962.html) too. o_O;;)

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