Robert Kane


Wither - Poem by Robert Kane

Mayfly
One day to die
Your stained glass wings
Windows without walls
A cathedral of flight
Fills spring air
Numberless duelling
In a helical dance
No thought of love
Life succeeds death
As fragile forms
Quickly wither

Albatross
No leaden weights
Could ever soar
In such harmony
By the breeding dance
You are called to sky
Paired and bonded
And bound for life
Avian passion
Or instinctive facade?
Such power yet still
Apt to wither

Bowhead
Alaska's pride
Two solid tears
Cut through liquid air
Swimming slow as sorrow
Recalling home
And mourning a land
Left aeons before
Breaching the plane
Transiting in age
Two hundred years
Yet you wither

Entwined oak
And mistletoe
In mystic glade
With lightning's kiss
Taranis' seed
Penetrates indeed
Your millennial dub
As evergreen shrub
Enshrouds perennial
Pulling life from soil
And sap from tree
Eventually
You wither

Breathing sea
Embracing coast
Stroking the earth
In a tidal caress
Kingdoms rise and fall
Though shores endure
Cunning Canutes
And marauding boats
And lives ephemeral
Even land is brittle
From oceanic temper
Does it wither

Mount Kailash
Shiva and Gauri rest
On that crystalline crest
A wave frozen in rock
But surging in time
Foam white horses
Ride the breaking
Of oceans undying
The eternal couple
Patiently abide
Those thrusting ridges
As they wither

Sister moon
Pirouetting earth
In a finite waltz
About Atum-Ra
What could cease
Their whirling embrace?
Cause mutual release
From gravity's grace?
An eviscerating killer
Plucked unprovoked
The prior incarnate's
Black heart hither
Elysium withered

Radiant light
From a long dead star
May move untouched
Across the void
Far from its source
Until beyond sight
Beyond space
Beyond time
Only then may it claim
Similitude
To my love for you

A force, so pure
Fearless, untouched
No transitory lust
No tie that binds
No tears for the past
No stifling of heart
No subtle erosion
No tectonic seduction
No fatal intrusion
A love words cannot describe
Beyond space
Beyond time
Beyond metaphor
Where nothing which is
May wither


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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 18, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 28, 2015


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