BRANDEN B. BRANDEN

"Water's Lament" (Excerpt)

The sky turns hard
Like cauliflower,
And bleeds me out.
It turns hard,
Because I do.
I am the blood of the Earth
And bile, its running waste.
I am its health chorus.
I have known many faucets,
Creaky most, unknowing of any grander plot,
Chartering my way through lime and rust,
I have known many faucets.
I have also known mountaintops.
Places where the air is clean,
And in its own pace blows freshly over my back.
I am, on the mountain, a slumbering snowcap.
I blanket the mountaintop, I am locked with it
In a never ending kiss.
I have known places in the countryside
Where the air breathes nearly as fresh,
Sweeping down from the mountains
Thinking of me mostly, in an open talk.
I have known cities,
Where I am not so well received,
Where I must pound myself between the brick buildings,
Places drowning in nooks and crannies,
I am not so well received, though I try so hard
To reach every surface.
I slide down the sides of walls, I tremble from the slide of awnings,
I mix with gravel.
I am your dirt, your cleanliness.I feed the doves.I drown insects.
I wash the air between your city lives, leave your cars and livelihoods
Shining.I am washed away by the sun, but never leave.
You see me in your gutters.You see me in your grates.
You cannot live without me.





from "All the Things in Our Blue Universe"
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Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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