Soothsayer

published in Exaltation in Cadmium Red. Guernica Editions, 2012.

[similar to Insomnia by Susan Barbour]

 

Soothsayer 

I have waved the worn wooden

wand before you,

 

demonstrated lush networks of

fortune that have been made lost.

 

I have brought words shepherded

from valleys, woven from wool,

 

tapestries plaited in vegetable

dye, grains in grassy hues.

 

Wise texts built again and again,

through eons and star-speckled epochs.

 

Minor prophets shaping textiles

out of particle dust.

 

*sonia di placido

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