Friday, December 5, 2014

They Return As Birds

Illusions die every day.

The glorious ones and the inglorious meet the same end.

Some of us cherish our illusions even after they have expired.

We breathe life into them daily.

Some of us cast their ashes over the sea, and

they return as birds, to roost in our bones.

Some bones won't still to provide rest for the flighty illusions.

Some heads are emptied of illusions, and stay empty

as sky above a valley, where a lagoon will form.

The silt carried in from upstream will settle; the sea that bears

illusions' ashes will wash them back into the lagoon;
rivers and streams will push them back out, into the broad-hipped sea.

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