Rachel Todd Wetzsteon

(1967 - 2009 / New York City / United States)

Blue Octavo Haiku - Poem by Rachel Todd Wetzsteon

In fat armchairs sat
indolence and impatience,
plotting my downfall
A wicked cage flew
across the long horizon
searching for a bird.
I burned with love in
empty rooms, I sternly turned
knives within myself.
"Behold the bright gate,"
the keeper said. "I am now
going to shut it."
Hardly was the road
swept clean when ah! there appeared
new piles of dry leaves.
But nothing could kill
a faith like a guillotine,
as heavy, as light.
Happiness? Finding
your indestructible core;
leaving it alone.
Into the heavens
flew a breathless legion of
impossible crows.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 24, 2014

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