Cicada Song

Cicada SongIf I woke one morningin a bed of leavesmy memory gonemy heart beating to the cadenceof previous wingswould I stand erectand cover myself in shamewithout the knowledgebut that which was given mewhere would I be drawnwhere would I gofollowing the streetlampscoming on.If I woke one afternoonneath a blanket of snowwould I know the barren treesare not harbingers of doombut reachers for the painted skyawaiting leaves that comfort in the springwhere would I gobut following the footprintsup the icey walk.If I woke one eveningon a park benchcovered by the daily newswould I know how to read itleft to right or right to leftthe words meet my eyes then fall awaymere fingers meeting themselvesagainst the mirrorno heartbeat thereno song of laughterI’d follow the soundthat streches out before and afterthe beating of my own heartat the cadence of previous wings.For I was once a warrior on the marchmy blood hot and thinat one with the moment of my own gloryno thought to any aftermathfor surely we were meant to diewhen brought this place where we will peakdishonored by the idea of survivalwhile others found Valhalla within their reach.If I woke one morningwithout my arms and legscould I draw my feelingswith a pencil in my teethwould I stand erectand cover myself in shamewithout the knowledgebut that which was given mecould I follow the soundthat stretches out before and afterthe beating of my own heartat the cadence of previous wings.

Cicada Song

bill bell

Everett, United States

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