By Matthew Friday
A White Feather A white feather fell slowly down, as light as a tear. It brushed up against the window and for a second was held there by an invisible thermal, a tiny hand that rocked it back and forth, speaking of miracles: invisible air resisting, the illusion of gravity that shocks every child, then questions about the bird it fell from, carbon atoms boiled up and spewed out in an ancient supernova long before there were birds or human observers, the trick of flight we have all envied, asking what happens to all the feathers in the world? Then it continued to fall down softly, so very softly, like we all fall - at different rates but we all fall. I Feel, Jazz Second lockdown looming. A cocktail of anxiety and wine swirling in my soul. No one knows. The future is just scat. I turn to jazz again. Miles, you’re there for me mimicking the universe with the chaos that can coalesce into occasional meaning and melody Then leap apart again. When I listen to you, I am altered, reassured, at peace. I dance around the empty apartment, spilling myself in arms and heart, accepting what chaos creates. The Candle Start with the flame, that beautiful spark of entropy proving itself, compounds combusting, changing solid wax to molten rivers that mourn, cool and harden, heaping new forms on old, re-creating but reducing, all the while less and less, structured energy to heat loss. As your candle burns up, taking years, if you are lucky enough to deny the 2nd Law, the lengthening yellow hand waves shadows on a white wall, while shadows that grow confident as the night darkens, softly dim. All that fading, dissembling can be cheated a while, the brief breathe of a poem.
Matthew James Friday has had poems published in numerous international magazines and journals, including, recently: All the Sins (UK), The Blue Nib (Ireland), Acta Victoriana (Canada), and Into the Void (Canada). The mini-chapbooks All the Ways to Love, Waters of Oregon and The Words Unsaid were published by the Origami Poems Project (USA).
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