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Deborah DeNicola: And After Armageddon . . . 

Everything’s waiting to open.
Especially the wings of that beached dragonfly,

the one that lit on the sand, observing the gulls, 
the effortless gliding of gulls.  Their ease and grace 

over ruined dunes. And those pipers, their skinny legs 
moving as if motored by batteries. I watch as they march 

with staccato footsteps, stalking midges and mayflies 
in chinks of light, thrilled— just to have survived. 

I wait for the ocean to open its benthic rise, 
broken sediment, the sea that levels this twilight. 

The gulls pull on the capes of their wings, 
they know what liberates the four-chambered

heart and opens its ventricles. What small deliverance 
we had is now exposed like a castle’s casement, 

an old oak door we stepped through at the edge 
of the moat— Can’t we now rejoice as the clouds 

open their raiment and radiant salmon colors 
the sky, calls us to worship the sun—

despite the gift of night coming on? 
Notice the brilliance of stars fastened

to the horizon. When will we stop 
interrogating our souls, instead throw them wide, 

allow them to leave our bones behind to stencil the sand, 
taking only the shadows of our appendages— 

allowing this world to dissolve 
at the threshold of infinite others?


Copyright 2022 Deborah DeNicola

Deborah DeNicola's many books include The Impossible (Kelsay Books, 2021).

Source: Bird-X

4 comments on “Deborah DeNicola: And After Armageddon . . . 

  1. Susan Silverman
    June 27, 2022

    What a beautiful picture of the seashore. It reminds me of where I grew up in Atlantic City, N.J.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lenny DellaRocca
    June 27, 2022

    Love this poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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