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Ikon in Sand

Under a flypaper-swaddled tomato,
straight stands the ranger.
Tattooed baby warbles magnificent manifestoes
Yowl out your hambone antiphons of silent supper
Ranger cries out, no levee will save us while
inky infant steams the muskeg burgoo.

Tear the heart of a cloud.
Pull the thunder down into fissured blackness.
Break granite skulls of old gods.
Crush the iron hats of comic pretenders.
Trace ikons of a forgotton saint in the red sand.
Holes in air, in ice, not a rule until it's broken.

Madonna of the water gives birth to turtles.
She feeds herons and weeps.
From a gut-strung pike's jaw harp
airs of consolation spin away her tears
like spray on a breeze.
Her image in the sand dissolves

Goodberry sprouts in the silt-stink
under cloudburst drum songs
flowing from the heart of the Penokees.



       

Kalliope



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  


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Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing, Badger State Progressive, and Rebel Songwriters.

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