Monday, August 13, 2018

The Bad Listener

He imagined that he heard
Words in the sound of the wind,
Words in the songs of the birds.
How much beauty is left me?
The hawks would like to eat me.
Calm could be the end of me.
I have sinned, sinned, and I am
Insufficiently ashamed.
Will this nightfall fall on me?

But of course there were no words.
The world had nothing to say.
Still, the calm came for the wind,
And the hawks caught at the nest,
And other voices told him
There was nothing he needed
To say about anything,
Nothing anything needed
From his imagination.

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