Opposing Forces — A Pair of Images

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“Route 75 Traffic” — C.Birde, 2/20

 

Traffic bisected

the grassland’s

patchwork

in ceaseless tide.

“Only humans,”

she observed,

“will admire

a thing

to its

utter

unmaking.”

 

— C.Birde, 2/20

 

 

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“Light Shaft (Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary)” — C.Birde, 2/20

 

 

 

 

A River, Hidden — A Poem

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“Course” — C.Birde, 2/20

 

Stop crying –”

O, tears,

disobedient .

“— or I’ll give you

a reason

to cry.

O, reasons,

manifold,

variable,

unpredictable.

Action begets

reaction;

effect follows

cause.

The river –

dammed,

diverted,

disguised.

Feel

the tears’

slow prick

and glide…

Retreat.

Turn away,

turn

aside.

 

 

— C.Birde, 2/20

 

Cipher — A Poem

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“Cipher” — C.Birde, 2/20

 

We rode the air

on dark wings

glittering —

a hundred pair

(Once, we numbered

thousands)

tried,

with each beating

stroke

and the rust

of our throats

(“O, hear us,

O, listen…”)

We skirled

and soughed through

the bone-bare trees

and cried in a voice of

calamity:

“Beware!

Our cipher,

our patterns, heed.

Beware!”

Your heads

never

lifted.

 

— C.Birde, 2/20

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“One” — C.Birde, 2/20

 

 

EyeEyeEye — A Dream

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“EyeEyeEye” — C.Birde, 1/20

 

 

Sketching

across the paper’s

width and length

in rows

of two, four, three;

sketching them stacked

like great scoops

of ice cream.

Eyes.

One atop another

piled.

Eyes

of melting,

cartoonish

grotesquerie.

Eyes,

staring –

wide and sightless –

from beneath lashes

curling,

spidery.

Eyes

of enlightenment;

of innocence and

judgment.

Eyes

of inner wisdom.

Eyes

of the ego’s “I”.

Those windows

of the soul.

Indeed,

indeed.

Sketching,

sketching

row upon row,

until she takes

the sheet of paper,

nods admiringly,

and,

wielding scissors –

silver,

shining –

slices through

the topmost row,

slices

right through

that row of eyes –

wide and sightless –

straight through

their unblinking

pupils and

irises.

 

— C.Birde, 1/20