Mark R Slaughter


Within a Note


King upon the fence,
The blackbird; its hymn of hope
Cocked a sneer to coal-borne skies,
Coached an eye of tears
To take to drying.

A cat surged
From altitude and azimuth unknown,
Scored the view,
Ablating song –
Bird and hope historical notes
Of nature’s ugly symphony –
Lends the eye to dry to cry again.

Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2012

Submitted: Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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  • Rookie - 294 Points Daniel Y. (2/5/2014 6:56:00 PM)

    A sublime poem. Yet I am unsure what its about. It's within a note, so I'm not sure if there are actual events. I think the letter itself is a sad one, and the cat which takes to his nature with the blackbird is a metaphor for the reader's feelings in the midst of reading and re-reading the letter. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,070 Points Diane Hine (2/12/2012 9:39:00 PM)

    That we can cry is our consolation -thanks. (Report) Reply

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