poet Hans Ostrom

Hans Ostrom

Fossil Of A Wing

News: a signature of flight
stays imprinted on blue-black strata
in Earth’s uncertain crust.
(Body long since gone.)
The British, desperate like
everyone for fuel, mining in
the vicinity of Hell, uncovered
icon of wing which dates
from when flight went
unnamed in air. We glance
at accounts concerning
“the fossilized wing of
Earth’s first flying thing.”
Shall we congratulate
this synecdoche of dragonfly
set deep in Derbyshire coal?
In its disappearing act,
it left behind a single-image
autobiography. It induced the very
rocks to recall that once it
possessed the golden air.

Poem Submitted: Friday, October 19, 2007
Poem Edited: Monday, April 18, 2011

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (3/23/2015 7:16:00 PM)

    To take a topic, such as paleontology, and endow it with philosophy, insight, grace and poeticism is a rare talent. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Brandon Nothing (5/18/2010 3:19:00 PM)

    I love your use of words in this poem to create an environement of untouched serenity

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  • Tom J. Mariani (11/9/2007 4:54:00 AM)

    Your poems, read in the far far 'hence, ' I anticipate, will leave behind a single-image autiobiography. Whoever finds them will be induced to recall that they once possessed the golden air.

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