Sunday, August 03, 2014

I Can Hear Myself



author's note:

I return to a familiar theme...

Maybe I'm repeating myself...

I prefer to think of it as "developing a motif".


I CAN HEAR MYSELF

Please pardon my absence--

I'd like to squawk along
with all you other birds:

such noise can actually be medicinal

but for a stronger healing
I must walk alone to the mountain lake:

this alien lake, these alien trees
seem to know me--

they know I don't need pity:
what I need is their understanding...

their wise silence prompts me to listen

but only for so long:

reawakened by the blare
of this alive quiet
my engine begins to rev

so I know I must return
to the grating joyful cacophony
of forces in opposition

that, in truth, only echo
what bangs and clangs inside me.

So, no matter if I'm here
or there, I can hear myself

though still not as clearly as I wish...


© 2014, Michael R. Patton
DREAM STEPS

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