Splitting the Difference

Splitting the Difference

Castle Duino, Italy. Photo by Johann Jaritz


Elegy For a Lesser God


There is a faint noise
In the middle of a field
Beyond the sea line
Above the clashing rocks

No Scylla or Charybdis
Just nature clapping hard

For another beautiful wave

A faint noise in the castle
And a flickering of candle’s light
Draws doves from their resting place

Near the world’s sphere
The world’s globe

The navel of the universe
As seen by the writer
Before he moves away
From the candle and the sea

What is in the mind
What brings the doves circling
Overhead for a taste
Of bread and dreams?

It is not to separate the ego
From the dove or the waves
Or set castle walls against the world
As it is

Kinetic poetry connects
Art connects
Music connects
And the waves know it


— by Douglas Pinson


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