The Shape of the State

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

We are walking the shape of the state

The jagged slump of infinity

But the sandy shroud recedes like hope

And the empty sky is killing me


We are crying the song of the sea

All hail its timeless pedigree 

But the orchestra's all splintered bone

And its heartless dirge is killing me


We are dancing the dance of the wild

To a whirlwind fire melody

But feet scatter like rainbow glass

And each slicing step is killing me


But we also dream of atmosphere 

The hot frontier of the century 

And married even to this expanse 

The blend is often thrilling me


And inland stretches neon splash 

Where fragile mood is villainy 

Ferlinghetti bent sinister 

A Phony Island thrilling me


Yes, we shall walk the shape of the state 

The jagged slump of infinity 

And I in misty bursts shall know

The shape of what is thrilling me

Submitted: October 24, 2020

© Copyright 2020 Christopher Flood. All rights reserved.

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