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©Mark Thompson, 2019


 

ATOP THE EMPTY WORLD…A LONELY CRANE STANDS 

SADKINGCROWFOOLOVERTHROWNCOUNTINGCROWS

A POEM UNSCROLLED AND ALREADY READ BEFORE WRITTEN

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UP HERE WHERE THE ROILED AIR BEGINS TO THIN AND SHRED

ALWAYSALREADYAREALREADYALWAYSWERETHISWASALWAYS

HELD WITHIN ONE’S ONCE OWNED PRIVILEGED CITADEL OF WORDS

STEPAFTERSTEPAFTERSTEPAFTERSTEPAFTERSTEPAFTERSTEP

IN ROWS OF SQUARES IN SQUARE ROWS OF STEEL BELIEFS

TOURMALINETOURMALINETOURMALINETOURMALINE

DREAMS CONSTRUCTED FROM RUMBLINGS OF OTHER DREAMS

ANGLESANGELSANGLESANGELSANGLESANGELSANGLESANGELS

ON THE ONE WAY ESCALATOR JACOB STUMBLES SCRAPES HIS KNEE

SHELLSBONESCOINSSHELLSBOMBSBONESCOINSSHELLSBONDS

TO SKY OF ONLY SKY TO US AND THE FLASHES BEHIND OUR LIDS

IBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAMIBEAM

FUTURES CONGEAL INTO CONJECTURES REFORMING NEW PASTS 

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DREAMS WAKING INSIDE OTHER DREAMS INSIDE WARNINGS BLINKING

RAISERAYSRAISERAYSRAISERAYSRAISERAYSRISERAISERAYSRAISE

TOWER OF PREHISTORIC STORIES MADE FROM ONE THOUSAND EYES 

CLOSEOPENCLOSEOPENCLOSEOPENCLOSEOPENCLOSECLOSEOPEN

SAD MONOLITH UNFORGIVING LINES BUILT FROM THE BOTTOM UP

©David Braden, 2019


           David Braden is an Elementary Literacy Coach in Oakland. His new CD, “Air Echoes with Layers of Inchoate Words” can be streamed at:
Mark Thompson is a photographer living in Cincinnati. His work can be seen at: markthompsonphotos.wordpress.com/

One Response to “TOWER PALINDROME  by David Braden”

  1. K.Land Says:

    An ambitious piece teetering between delicacy and a fortress of beauty. Towering and solid.

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