Clifton Redmond

Rookie - 1 Points (7-4-1982 / Carlow)

Heading West - Poem by Clifton Redmond

Jet tracks in the open sky
sailing slowly, west

Its ivory tail
like a centipede

Like a streak of chalk
the perfect line
but fades and grows
and sometimes dies
swallowed by a jealous cloud

If you listen carefully
you can just about hear
its constant hum
and distant echo

Every day I watch them
sailing, slowly
like a snail comet
through the wide untouched sky

And I take a breath
or sometimes sigh
in vague reflection
of that brush stroke
dragged across this vast blue setting
the canvas of my heart

But if I keep my stare
as everything
it disappears

The common sight
of all those dreams
giving chase to the sun
sailing slowly, heading west

Comments about Heading West by Clifton Redmond

  • Rookie Martin Meyler (10/2/2013 6:52:00 AM)

    Amazing writing by a master, the wonder (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 10,120 Points Heather Wilkins (9/27/2013 2:34:00 PM)

    a well written poem. great imagery and choice of words (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,632 Points Hazel Durham (9/27/2013 6:24:00 AM)

    Beautiful, reflective write with great choice of words that gives a serene feeling! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,065 Points Wahab Abdul (9/26/2013 9:42:00 PM)

    profoundly written.. love it (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 23, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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