Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Books Should Be

“A book should be an axe to break the frozen sea within us.” – Kafka

Well, that's ambitious,
to think pack ice would yield
to a little chopping with a hatchet. Why not say:
a book should be the Gulf Stream
a book should be global warming
a book should be an icebreaker with bows of steel
wrapped in colored cardboard?

Or should a book be a pod of harbor seals
running silent under the ice of your soul
occasionally pausing to chew an inconspicuous breathing hole?
Or a bear, half-snow and half-aquatic
prowling the arctic-scape as if it owned the place?

A book might be a williwaw throwing clouds
of frozen snow the size of mountains into
a blue-ice sky the size of continents,
or the aurora, sunless rainbow reflected
in a thousand mirrors of shattered ice
or in a pool of fresh water on the surface of a frozen fjord.
A book could be a rowdy quarreling flock of arctic terns
coming home from three years at sea.

They came, sober-plumaged and gaudy
came to perch on every swaying branch
in the jungles of my heart. See me now
bringing you dropped feathers by the handful.

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5 comments:

Naquillity said...

wonderful writing. that last line is my favorite though. have a great day.

Ruth said...

Beautiful!

Amy LV said...

Your imagery just knocks me out.
"Or should a book be a pod of harbor seals
running silent under the ice of your soul..."
Thank you for this.
A.

laurasalas said...

I love all the Arctic imagery in here, and then the stunning conclusion, which turns it on its head:

sober-plumaged and gaudy
came to perch on every swaying branch
in the jungles of my heart.

So, so gorgeous.

Susu Amina said...

I love it.