Treasure Island

Amechi Akwanya


Moments


If you have seen a little bird
try to make friends with its reflection
in the side view mirror of your car
idling at a traffic jam,
or the impossible curves of a hand
clutching at a little something
and riding at full stretch
nonetheless
the wave of a dance;

or if you have halted
beside a busy road
for a great golden eagle,
wings bunched,
head and neck feathers fluffed
to the sharp point of one only goal –
the spearing to death
of a great green snake –
floundering,
writhing –
though your curiosity has compounded its agony,
now snatched up,
breaking in mid air
helpless
in the long curved talons ripping its life away:

know that you are your own eyes' witness
when they doubt what they have seen
of moments
where you have taken instruction
without knowing
what you've been singled out for;
whether you are the eagle
or the snake;
the little bird
or little something
caught up
crushed for its own safety
in a dutiful hand
riding half-conscious
the wave of a dance!

Submitted: Saturday, August 04, 2007
Edited: Saturday, March 26, 2011

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