Thursday, December 16, 2004

Tumbleweed


I am the tumbleweed
That rolls across the Western land
I am the shadow of a driftwood stick
Thrown for dogs
To fetch and chase
Upon command

I am a sea-born stone
Each layer worn away by passing time
I am an old man’s face
His joy and pain is read in each and every line

I am a lover’s letter
That’s always out of reach
That’s blown from eager hands
I am the dazzling strands of silver
Dancing on the rippling tide
That breaks upon the golden sands

I am a seagull’s cry
A crow’s lament
The rush of surf, the crash of that relentless call
The sands rendered in pixels on the virtual photograph
The sunshade and the empty sunscreen jar
That sits unwanted on the wall

2 comments:

michael said...

beautiful! gets me right there- or maybe there.

Jaded said...

Did you know that the tumbleweed is not native to America? It's so intertwined with images of the west that few people realize that it was acctually brought over in some Russian wheat seed. Lovely poem.