Changing Of The Guard Poem by Seamus O' Brian

Changing Of The Guard



Like a slate of rain clad onyx broods the sea,
The fallen jewels of heaven tossed upon her.
As Apollo rides his unfurled banner of night,
And glowing, hesitates before the murky gate
Between the darkness of the star-swept sky
And the sunless darkness of the deep.

And I—I stand at the edge of sea and sky
Of land and sea
Of day and night.

Unknown to the billions upon their beds
Who contemplate the coming day;
Unknown to the billions upon their beds
Who contemplate the coming night.

A solitary gull ascends in agonizing grace
As if to contemplate Apollo’s murky fate
Or witness perhaps my hour upon the stage.
Then pause the zephyrs of the fading night,
Daring to feather the slate of the brooding sea

They come to tug my sleeve and caress my neck
With salt-tinged scents of the coming dawn.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Edward Kofi Louis 19 July 2017

The slate! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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