Poem ‘Silent Wings’

Silent Wings

Looking up into darkness
he asks if that smudge is Andromeda.
She thinks it may be.
He’s heard its light takes
two million years to reach his eyes,
stories on swift silent wings;
galaxies so far away,
so near at hand
like froth spinning round
in her coffee cup.
‘I’ll go there one day,’ he says
‘Why not go right now?’
she asks – ‘in your mind!’
He looks up once again
his mind big like the light-filled sky,
recalling her story of Horus
crossing millions of years

Β© copyright David Francis Barker 2011

*illustration done wholly digitally

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40 thoughts on “Poem ‘Silent Wings’

  1. Wonderfully eloquent … the lines “two million years to reach his eyes/stories on swift silent wings/galaxies so far away” were especially evocative. I could “see” this playing out in my mind as if I could close my eyes and watch someone else’s life across the cosmos.

    Lovely!

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  2. Lovely! You have such a wonderful transparency in your words David, and yet they are laced with layers of metaphor and meaning. Really liked this poem… one of my favourites of yours I have read so far.

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  3. β€˜I’ll go there one day,’ he says
    β€˜Why not go right now?’
    she asks – β€˜in your mind!’
    He looks up once again
    his mind big like the light-filled sky…’

    Lovely reflection here, and beautifully expressed. The moment is now.

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  4. A wonderful scientific/esoteric blend to enchant us, David. I’ve noticed a lot of comments use “wonder-full” and I don’t like to be redundant, but…it is. I also like the mythological aspects of this that give such a sense of universality.

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  5. Once again you have weaved us all a world from your words and your visuals, allowing a a transportation of mind that the body will never quite catch up to…But why would we want to? Our minds are happiest reading these words, transcendant and other wordly. Thank you.

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