Poem of the Week: Prayer Flags


This poem was written after coming in from snow shoveling and having another incident of a reoccuring where the movement of the prayer flags brought to mind an illusion of something else, some other possibility which my mind threw up as a perceptual option with which to “see” reality.  It points to the nature of the mind. I also enjoyed the consideration that our breathing is much akin to the relationship and intended function of the prayer flag, that interdependent atmosphere of wind or breath becoming a relational connection to all carrying our spirit and influence outward as well as receiving the spirit or influence of all inward.

prayer flags

the mind regularly mistakes
porch corner’s prayer flags fluttering
for the hummingbird corner of my eye

at times it sees a squirrel on the rail
moving in increments to the napping spot

last fall their leaf colors caught my eye
turning … [MORE]
~David Anthony Martin, copyright 2013


If you like this poem, consider reading a few of my new poems on my blog and checking out my book Span (Rhizome Publishing 2011, 2012) which can be purchased as an eBook and read on most devices or as a beautiful paperback to be held in your hands and taken with you on your day.  The cover art by Mathias Valdez of Last Leaf Printing takes the book as object” concept to a lovely level.  Span also makes a great, inexpensive gift for the book or nature lover on your list.

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Span | A Collection of Poems by David A. Martin
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