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Not yet feathers though you

01.08.19 Posted in today's words by

Simon Perchik’s most recent poem to appear here was “Everywhere at once, aimless” (October 2018).

Not yet feathers though you
still breathe in the smoke
trailing from some climbing turn

hidden by clouds and weightless
circling this tree allowed at last
to shed its bark, warmed

the way each leaf expects
a better life somewhere, takes hold
with its wings around the Earth

carried up hillside over hillside
spurting more and more blood
from your eyes, your ears

till their shadow flies from under you
escapes this time, hovering overhead
as branches and evenings

and further though their roots
come by to remember why this sky
ended its wandering and closed.

One Response to “Not yet feathers though you”

  1. H. Larew says:

    Opening line catches and the rest of the poem rewards.

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