Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October in Vermont

by John Lindgren

Endings are always more difficult than beginnings.
Don't ask me why I remember
lying alone in the grass at dusk, gored
by the tiny horns of snails,
filaments of spider-silk like threads
of starlight across my eyes. I was listening
to the orange and blue
leaves explain my countless lives,
so many that I could not make out a single word.
Their colors wound each of us
in unnameable, and different ways.
By day they are the splayed hands of children
held up in self-wonderment.
At night they are the flutterings of dying birds.
Lighting my way with a dandelion
I hold in one hand like a sparkler,
in the other a jar of fireflies,
I make my way through the forking darkness
as the leafless trees climb the night like stairs.

please note: art by Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on Water

7 comments:

  1. For some reason this reminds me of the Owl City song, "Fireflies". Lol.

    LOVE the picture on your header! That's so awesome.

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  2. You find the most beautiful things... I don't know how you do it...

    At some point in your hospital work were you secretly sedated, and someone performed a small operation to implant a beautiful-thing-attractor-magnet just behind your left ear ?

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  3. I don't know why it just hit me - maybe the magpie with it's curious and intent gaze on the masthead did the trick - that those shiny objects you collect are the wonderful poetry and photos you gather and share so generously. I find myself wondering where you find all these wonderful and frequently seasonally evocative shiny objects - and I'm always amazed at the congruence and resonance between word and image. I just scrolled through October so far - bravo, and thanks!

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  4. I lived in Vermont once. I'm trying to remember if it was like this...I think the rain is the common denmominator. Love your new header.

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  5. What wonderful musings! And the photo is spectacular too.

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  6. Again...beautiful.
    thank you.

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  7. Wow. Very powerful, and as always the perfect picture. Thank you.

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)