Lifespan Poems: 192 / 500

Reading Plato

Rating: 4.5

This is the story
of a beautiful
lie, what slips
through my fingers,
your fingers. It's winter,
it's far

in the lifespan
of man.
Bareheaded, in a soiled
shirt,
speechless, my friend
is making

lures, his hobby. Flies
so small
he works with tweezers and
a magnifying glass.
They must be
so believable

they're true-feelers,
antennae,
quick and frantic
as something
drowning. His heart
beats wildly
in his hands. It is
blinding
and who will forgive him
in his tiny
garden? He makes them
out of hair,

deer hair, because it's hollow
and floats.
Past death, past sight,
this is
his good idea, what drives
the silly days

together. Better than memory. Better
than love.
Then they are done, a hook
under each pair
of wings, and it's Spring,
and the men

wade out into the riverbed
at dawn. Above
the stars still connect-up
their hungry animals.
soon they'll be satisfied
and go. Meanwhile

upriver, downriver, imagine, quick
in the air,
in flesh, in a blue
swarm of
flies, our knowledge of
the graceful

deer skips easily across
the surface.
Dismembered, remembered,
it's finally
alive. Imagine
the body

they were all once
a part of,
these men along the lush
green banks
trying to slip in
and pass

for the natural world.

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 29 August 2016

upriver, downriver, imagine, quick in the air, in flesh, in a blue swarm of flies, our knowledge of the graceful deer skips easily across the surface. Dismembered, remembered, it's finally alive. Imagine the body A poem of its own kind. Thanks poetess for sharing it with us.10 for it.

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