John Brooks Wheelwright

Rookie (9 September 1897 - 13 September 1940 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Seed Pods - Poem by John Brooks Wheelwright

Where the small heads of violets
are shrunk to smaller skulls,
in meadows where the mind forgets
its bull fights and its bulls;
the dust of violet or rose
relinquishes its scent
and carries with it where it blows
a lessening remnant
of heresies in equipoise
and balanced argument
with which the mind would have refleshed
the flower's skeleton,
but that it found itself enmeshed
in the web of oblivion.
Therefore, when Gabriel sound the horn
and dust rise through the ground,
our flesh shall turn, on our last morn
fleshless as the horn's sound.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2012

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