because while some truths lend themselves to equations, others are best described in verse

July landscape, mid-Virginia

train whistles its late-afternoon
warning over the banks, shooing
herons from their nests, dockworkers
from their reveries; downstream
an earthbound descendant of
graffitied cement and rusty idealism
derives the ebb of the river’s summered
bottom with circles formulated
around the circumference
of heaven and lines drawn
up by hell’s indifference:
equations like battlescars written
not in flesh and blood but in
currents and railroad tracks and cut
deep in post-modern
denial.

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17 responses

  1. Really well written. Each word has power and the sound and rhythm pull me through the text. Solid. – Bill

    July 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

  2. Woww… what a vivid picture!
    Such starkly contrasting scenes, yet seemingly conveying a similar meaning…
    Your wordplay was excellent here!!!
    And the image you’ve put up is veeeeery apt too…

    July 27, 2010 at 12:38 am

  3. Great photo!
    And you know I like the found lines and circles in the natural and manmade landscape.

    July 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

  4. Thanks for your comments, Bill; sound and rhythm were a big part of this one. Nice to hear from you!

    Hi Kavita! I’m glad you liked the image–I had my doubts about it at first, wondered whether the perspective was too strange, so thanks for the reaffirmation! πŸ™‚

    Gracias, Ray. nice to see you around. natural versus manmade has been something of a theme around here lately… πŸ˜‰

    July 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

  5. love it,
    I used to ride a trains back home while in college…
    very stunning post.
    πŸ˜‰

    July 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

  6. Wonderful! I love each and every word. x

    July 28, 2010 at 6:21 am

  7. Thanks Jingle and h0ll0wd0ll for your kind words–always a pleasure. πŸ™‚

    July 29, 2010 at 9:18 am

  8. well-written, with a stunning photo πŸ™‚

    July 30, 2010 at 6:53 am

  9. Constructive Poetry…nice!

    Cheers.

    July 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm

  10. Thanks Imagina, Emmanuel; lovely of you to stop by πŸ™‚

    August 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  11. Hey, i really like this one.
    Impressive

    August 11, 2010 at 8:32 pm

  12. I feel like I’m really experiencing the environment. Great job!

    August 12, 2010 at 12:41 am

  13. wonderful! I really enjoyed the imagery and visualization of your poem!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:46 am

  14. thanks for dropping by, K.

    Glad you enjoyed it Gally, lauren. you’re welcome back any time πŸ™‚

    August 12, 2010 at 10:53 am

  15. simple checking,
    make sure returned favor to those…
    I am sure you did…

    Happy Sunday!

    August 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

    • @Jingle. Yup. πŸ™‚

      August 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

  16. Chloe

    A wonderful poem with a great image. Wonderful! πŸ˜€ xx

    August 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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