The Swallows of Solstice, a Poem

The Swallows of Solstice

The page of dusty day, spent,

the page of night, just beginning...

swallows own the dusk;

interlacing leaf with myth-

their flight too fast

and too high for human eye...

snatching mosquitos from off

the edge of the earth...

lay down all your sorrow...

and wait.

cease the call of duty;

when the sun dips down,

the swallows begin...

glorious wings of blue black,

shed their grace above Ollinger's field...

we are in our place,

somehow...

in the universe.

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

The images that these words put in my mind are beautiful.

I saw you on Epigramman's page, and was curious. Now I have found another poet. There's so much talent on HubPages. It's just too bad that writing poetry here doesn't pay. Thank you for sharing this with us.

~ Kathryn


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

Lily--what a gentle, close appreciation. The metaphor expands with such natural ease, while being accurate to the bird and its place. Quite wonderful. My only suggestion is that you could consider some work on the close. The poem's persona and the swallow are so concrete, so attuned, that the appeal to the universal at the end seems a little arbitrary, perhaps even trite.....and this is not a trite poem. Just a thought. Definitely one for the book!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a beautiful poem Lily, one that should be in an anthology. You should submit your work. In fact, a site called Raglit.com would maybe like some of your edgier work.


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moonfroth 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

LILY -- See! Listen to m'Man from beautiful Eugene, Oregon--he knows whereof he speaks. Right now, for example, mss. are requested for THE POETIC BOND III--submissions close on June 30, publication is projected for August 2013. Cost you $12 for up to 3 poems, and you can submit as many poems as you like at that fee schedule. Panel selection of the poems is blind (the selection process, ninny, not the judges), and at your request, you get commentary on each poem, whether it's selected or not. Anyway, here's the info--just follow the prompts. Oh! And if you do NOT submit any of your work at all, xstatic has vowed to bring down upon your comely head the Curse of the Oregon Axeman--a ghastly thing indeed, feared throughout the Known World. Remember, the hottest part of Hell is reserved fr the fence sitters.......

Here's the info for POETIC BOND III (Jim, you should submit too. Esp. that wonderful fog piece of yours, which I re-read frequently. I'm going to throw 3 poems into the ring, just for fun)

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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska Author

And I wanted a pony! Haha! A passle of world class writers will do, thank you! I will try to avoid the axeman of Oregon, but you know, dear xstatic and Moon, Alaskans long for hell all the winter long! Grateful for your visiting. I am anathema to some, but... the truth is the truth, tho some may not like it... much love to all of you... lily


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Good advice from Clark there Lily. I may even submit some there, since I just got my latest rejection.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska Author

Xstatic- take those rejections slips, ( I have plenty), and do one of 2 things. either decopage the crap out of some table, or stand out, nude, in your front yard, and burn them ,one by one, asking the gods of poetry to go easy on the ****ers, and then step back in, and prove every last blood sucking leech of them they are wrong. Much love, lily


moonfroth 3 years ago

JIM--the girl do git riled up w'them words a hers, don' she? Y'best do as she sez 'cause she's even meaner when she's aroused......or so Leroy tells us, y'know.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Interesting way to deal with those alright, Lily.


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lilyfly 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska Author

Moon, you are . as always, a calming effect, I meant every word I said to Xstatic...

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