This entry is part 14 of 93 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Summer 2011


At the harbor front, thick roll of banked clouds; beyond, deeper than velvet, the theatre curtains of night. Across the park, a row of street lamps comes on. Their light is butter-yellow, their light is flicker-dim. A half hour of pelting rain, then finally the boom of fireworks above the river. Silver and gold, blue and lilac and gold. They burst into tendrils like spider plants in the air. Their force is tender, and my chest is a cage of hollow echoes, small winged creatures riding blind and bumping against the walls. Gone the sheer white morning, sky thin enough for the sun’s milk to shine through. Everyone turns away after the last flares flicker and wane. We all want something stronger to tear through the murk and silence, we want to be the hawk that sails clear across the canvas, talon widening the rip from one edge of this world to the other.


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2 Replies to “Talon”

    1. Hello Dale… Hope you had a good holiday weekend. We had a thunderstorm earlier this evening, which threatened to put a damper on the fireworks. But they put them on anyway, about an hour earlier than scheduled, as there was more rain tonight. As for the end of the poem…for some reason I’ve been thinking of blazoned colors lately… craving the brightness of orange, vermillion, gold.

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