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>Day 5: "Eyeless In A New Town"

> This was the Day 5 prompt of the April Poem A Day Challenge from Poetic Asides : “For today’s prompt, I want you to write a poem about a landmark. It can be a famous landmark (like Mount Rushmore or the Sphinx) or a little more subdued (like the town water tower or an interesting sign).”,guid,19d56087-4047-4589-b39b-995e90466679.aspx

“Eyeless In A New Town”

This is not about the lost gray waterfalls, the
Green trails long and like teething cucumber slices
The deep sleepy gorges doused with pine incense

Twenty-four hours

It’s not about gurgling creeks, the bystander sky that
Helplessly melt into the sprawling lake, nor even
The Canada Geese flying in V-shaped flocks that get

Caught by surprise

At the freshness of the languid emerald-colored spot
Beneath their wings when they exclaim in goose tongue:
How come this story’s not mentioned in travel catalogues?

Stupefied, they fly off

Eyeing a distant plane buzzing like a lost lone tourist
Like the way I hover, feel in this place, seek and see what
Was whispered once: Lost stories. Paths that existed once

But were taken off

The city maps because quite a few had forgotten them
In their hurry to reach drive-ins and sloppy express lanes
No travel guide said this mound resembled a four-humped
Camel, green three to four months, then fading to become
Various shades of red orange purple dark brown to an eerie
White. Some flowers lie strewn in her memory, live there,
Where I swerve, the way she had, before I read the one-word

Sign in rust: Amen.


2 comments on “>Day 5: "Eyeless In A New Town"

  1. priti aisola
    April 7, 2009

    >Simply beautiful!

  2. fleuve-souterrain
    April 7, 2009

    >thanks Priti! a sign people saw but not celebrated as much becuase it was getting forgotten…

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This entry was posted on April 5, 2009 by in April PAD, Eyeless in A New Town, Nabina Das, Poem a Day, Poetic Asides, poetry, sign.
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