General Poetry posted January 22, 2022


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Rebirth

by Theodore McDowell

 
God's second creation,
in a stunning moment 
he touched my withered soul,
made dead bones dance,
unwound the burial cloth.
Metaphors of transfiguration
burst like newly created stars 
filling my universe:

An eternal word sparks
off the verse
of an heirloom Bible.
 
A nocturnal flower
blooms
in the darkness.
 
A coin
rattles
in a beggar’s bowl.
 
A gardener prunes
branches from a vine,
fruit abounds.
 
Smooth rocks found
in a riverbed
slay a giant.
 
Clouded cataracts removed,
a rainbow
of colors revives.
 
Tectonic plates shift,
moving earth
below the feet.
 
A blind saxophone player
blows
sight into sound.
 
A blast furnace purges slag,
turns molten iron
into steel.
 
A prayer
swaddles
a bitter heart.
 
Aspen leaves
tremble
to the slightest breeze.

 



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