Thursday, March 29, 2018

Augury

Swallows scatter at my step
an augury of angels harping,
angry at my mortal marching
through the garden I had left.

Damn the nest that spilled the egg
now broken on the pebbles -
a yellow eye of devils
open, witnessing, and wet.

For Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads

13 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Well, just pull THIS right out of your...pocket why don't you? This just brims with imagery and a sharp-scented swirl of light and dark and something else altogether. Strong evocative writing, Kelli.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Broken egg as devil's eye... that is just so brilliantly creepy, and the whole poem is a stunning metaphor of what it is to be alive in the 21st century..in need of angels while walking on eggshells.

Margaret said...

Well, I KNEW you had this one wrapped up. Amazing. I'm always speechless.

Kim Russell said...

Such interesting and effective use of alliteration in:
'an augury of angels harping,
angry at my mortal marching' -
very musical.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

OH! MY! GOODNESS! This is over-the-top brilliant. Just amazing!

telltaletherapy said...

every line a poem - just wonderful!

Rommy said...

I'm blown away by the way you turned a fairly mundane happening into an event that had the weight of a pivotal moment in an opera. Crazy good imagery here. Just....damn!

Toni Spencer said...

Birds eggs that have fallen and cracked open always make me so sad. This poem was brilliant from beginning to the last word.

grapeling said...

ah. I wish I could have written this... but know my limits...

Magaly Guerrero said...

Dear wild gods of I-wish-I-had-written-that-line (I'm sure they exist). That second line is a wonder, something one could write about for ages, delight in for even longer. Love the dance between myths, all the images that it conjures, the wordplay... Just wonderful.

brudberg said...

Oh the broken egg... what an eye staring back at you. Wonderful

Brendan MacOdrum said...

Yikes. Brilliant.

sarah said...

That final line is a stunner. Absolutely.