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Murmurations

                 

 G. E. Schwartz


From the book:


An Ordered Universe of Chaos


I am in a stage of loving people. I am

trying to walk on coals. I am dancing

in cages. I am standing on a corner, trying

  to figure out which direction is home. I am

sitting in a 72 degree room whether it’s raining or

snowing outside.


I am pretending to sleep on benches. I

am wearing. Am wearing the right things. I am forgetting

years at a time and packing

  my belongings into grocery bags when I

come to. I am going through my day with my

cruise control on.


I am licking honeycomb tile to taste that

Sweetness of all-purpose cleaner. I am putting

my hand against a fake flame that burns

bright orange. I am trying to

 wake up a little earlier each day.


Murmurations


Flocks of

Starlings

Weaving

Unraveling

The sky

Like silks

Like skeins

Or black rosary beads

Overspilling

In weightlessness

Haggling with heaven

To get a lift

In thin air

Telling their terms

To my blood

Sweeping

Alternating currents

Waves burning

Erasing

Burning again

So many

Schools of minnows

Sky-swimming

So much more

Than mere

Connect-the-dots

Meshing

Mattering the air

Turning up and

Tuning into

Swelling and

Wheeling

Making visible

Aura and corona

Merging our fields

Then separating

Just like that

Kneading

This mesh of birds

What will always

matter most



G. E. Schwartz, born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1958, studied with Irish-American poet John Montague and Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky. He sees poetry as a living stream, in which he attempts to dip the vessel of his devotion.



Murmurations

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