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Deep Horizon

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A new poem by Gary Lindorff

(This poem appeared first in ThisCantBeHappening.net

Looking out across the gulf
Of our mistakes, accidents and crimes
I see a murky horizon
Blurred by the brine of a tear


That is taking its time
Gaining enough weight
To trail down my cheek.
The deep horizon of this grief
Is far deeper than I thought.
Was I foolish to come?
Didn't I know that any space so hollowed
And left empty,
Even for an instant,
Fills with the tears of those
Who wept before us?
Such a weight, such a gulf,
Such a deep horizon.
Even the crabs, the flattest of nations,
Cannot squeeze beneath
This mile-deep grief.
Fish roast in the sun
Like blackened shavings
Of silver and copper;
In solidarity,
I mimic their down-turned mouths.

. . .Sickened by the smell of the air we have made. . .

I come here to wade knee deep
Into this ruined place
And try to feel what we've done,
But I can't even properly ask
A dead pelican for forgiveness:

But if our madness is our refusal to learn
From your sacrifice
Then our madness is our tomorrow.

What if we can't make it better
Unless we go away?

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. . .As you return to what you were

Before we called you "pelican",

Let us then return to what we were

Before we named you!

What was that?

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What were we anyway,

Before we named ourselves "chosen"?

____________________

GARY LINDORFF is an artist, musician,poet and counselor / dream-worker who practices shamanic techniques andwho lives in rural Vermont with his wife and two dogs. (He is also Dave's brother.) His website is: BigDreamsweb.com Be sure to check out the other stories at This Can't Be Happening!, the new collectively-owned, journalist-run online newspaper.

 

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