Where Things Are Written

…………………………
here in this carload
i am eve
with abel my son
if you see my other son
cain son of man
tell him that i
………. -Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway Car,
……….. by Dan Pagis

……………………..

some things are written on the wind
written on typhoons with muscle enough
to lift a locomotive

we never know when such winds will hit

birdsong is written on a breeze, vulture
croaks are written on tornadoes
a woman’s moans are gusts
lifted in the hymns of cultures

but suddenly winds shift
suddenly the song is changed
what was a dirge
becomes a Hallelujah’s chorus
and songs of birds drown out
the croaks of vultures

.
…………..
by Jim Culleny
Jan 7, 2010


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