Norman Santos

(Nov.19,1990 / Philippines)

Night Bard


She sang to the trees
and their boughs cradled
the lamentations
in her sad lilt

Nightbirds skylarked
on her cold zephyr
to distract her from the moon
and its white flames
singed the edges of her sky
to shut it close
for a moment of singing

The pillaged time,
the antebellum,
and traipsed footings –
she sang to them
like how she sang
to a beau’s grave

And in the penultimate
curtain of the night
she hands me stars
which corruscations spoke
of a brand new dawn
and she doesn’t
even notice this.

Submitted: Thursday, July 04, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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