Thursday, June 22, 2006

Eight epiphanies

A green glass telegraph insulator
made in 1912, to catch the sunlight.

A lidded box full of antique keys
none any longer fitting an existing lock.

A handful of white quartz crystals
partly smoothed by waves of a large lake.

Eighteen bound notebooks, many colours,
filled by one hand, changing over time.

A print, from Beijing, of thirteen white cranes
standing in reeds during a snowstorm.

A colour photograph of a man climbing
the side of a narrow green copper steeple.

A Solingen pen knife with a brown bone handle, well-worn,
but carefully sharpened, smelling of pipe tobacco.

A harlequin doll, with a red wooden nose
that winds a hidden music box to play
a beautiful, unidentifiable melody.

These are clues
scattered across
tangled through
one life only
perhaps meaningless
to any other
no accounting for
seeming random things
that have become
by chancy alchemy
concrete symbols
of inner events
that one carries
like talismans
in a charm bag,
for remembering.

I won't explain them,
but will hold them up
so that you may see them
and imagine your own poems.

5 comments:

C said...

A shoebox full of inspiration... :)

Day Dreamer said...

A chest of history, examined with wide eyes and a healthy dose imagination; can provide a lifetime of entertainment.

You write beautifully.

coyote said...

Like it says. Things for you to work with...

Fingers said...

absolutely beautiful.
makes me want to open up my own old wooden chest back at home.

these things are all self-explanatory, coyote.
and alchemy seems to fit in so well here.

coyote said...

Thank you, fingers. It is alchemy, isn't it?