Poetry from Here and There
11 February, 2010
Desire Breeds Expression
A chubby cuneiform, these sparrows,
changing configuration with arrival,
yet the message stays —
a face-to-face over crumbs.
In one simplification, this is nature.
The rich and the strong surrender nothing
if possible, and yet, here,
behind desire, the other:
a different, chirping message —
light breeds music.
For even the butterflies, silent to us,
fight for sunny patches,
fluttering up in their twirling spirals
throughout forests. Are they lost
in war or in a dance?
How do we know the difference?
First published in
, Vol. I, Issue 4 (2006).