all those timeless afternoons
before you were born, I was
on my back in the grass
until the words lost all meaning
while field grasses gathered darkness,
and the swallows retreated to their houses
as the lattice of forest became almost colorless
silhouetted against the lavender sky
and the bats began to tie my eyes in a knot, but
suddenly “Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight”
I had no idea that the darkness I imagined
nesting in trees is actually as filled with light
as every inch of space between the stars
and the dark heart moments before we met
~David Anthony Martin, copyright 2013
This poem is dedicated to my amazing Wife, Soulmate and Twin Flame. Amy is ten years younger than I, so there were many years I was alive before she was even born, let alone all those years before we finally got into the same room and truly saw each other in 2011.
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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Paperback, 144 pages.