Albatross, a poem

An albatross wise, I am

Like a poet on a hill,

Preening my strong-as-air feathers

With sea-hardened bill.

 

-- A devastated wasteland

A thousand minutes long

The vacant field of memory

That echoes empty song --

 

I am a child of twilight

With its deep dark vale of fears,

Drenching the shadows evermore

With sugary drops of tears.

 

Sleep never slips

In the seat next to mine,

Nor does it come

In a white narrow line.

 

-- Periwinkle pleasures

A Bostonian moon --

Summertide bends

And is over too soon.

 

What do you seek…

But to live through the days

And the days into nights…

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keiranthapa 6 years ago from Darjeeling

Nice poem, Rose West. Hope you become a 100pointer and a featured hubber soon.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks, keiranthapa, that's really nice of you to say that. Funny how the hubber score wavers... I've been busy with other things lately and haven't been able to participate that much.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I am a child of twilight

With its deep dark vale of fears

- Brilliant :)


china man 6 years ago

I think this one is good enough NOT to wear it round your neck ! :D


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

cute i like it.


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon

Better and better, every poem of yours I read! So much to contemplate, and you put into words things that have been going through my head but never settling there until now.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

billyaustindillon, thanks so much for reading!

china man, haha, love that poem! Wish I could write like that...

Nikki, I'm glad you like it!

Jane, it makes me smile to think we're on the same thought-path :)


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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

Sublime and beautiful.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks, Joshua!


cosette 6 years ago

thank you for being the voice for the albatross. and a very eloquent one, i might add.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it, cosette :) Thanks so much for reading!

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