what to leave

an
island paradise off course

 

a
lemon or a willow branch battered by the wind

 

all tangible proof certain as the fabric spun by worms

slowly

leave
this behind

 

forgiveness
for the dead

 

who
are growing repetitious

 

the
untenable freedom of birds

a
testament of thieves

 

by Susanne Dyckman

Published in ars poetica

Previously published in the book equilibrium’s form, Shearsman Books,
2007.

Photo by Ansel Olson via flickr

Willow by ansel olson via flickr