white flowers in the harbor

White flowers floating on their faces
in a green-scaled harbor, they are
searching for a bottom they’ll never find.

Fish them out with childish hands
leave to dry on a scorching brick walk,
their petals disintegrated but volant.

 

written 7.31.12

14 thoughts on “white flowers in the harbor

  1. A very sharp capture, and a great example of what short poetry does best–I'm always in awe of those who can create so much in so few lines. Thanks also for the introduction to 'volant'–perfectly used here.

  2. A very sharp capture, and a great example of what short poetry does best–I'm always in awe of those who can create so much in so few lines. Thanks also for the introduction to 'volant'–perfectly used here.

  3. thank you very much everyone! “volant” was a recent word of the day for me (i post a new word every day on my whiteboard at work!) and i felt compelled to use it. the flowers, when i saw them in the harbor, just left such an impression… cheers all!

  4. thank you very much everyone! “volant” was a recent word of the day for me (i post a new word every day on my whiteboard at work!) and i felt compelled to use it. the flowers, when i saw them in the harbor, just left such an impression… cheers all!

  5. Jody loved that you used that word. I remembered its meaning incorrectly. I thought it meant “willing”…what a surprise it meant “light, able to fly”…I think this was brilliant, thank you. I agree with Joy. The short poem was tight, and meaningful.

  6. Jody loved that you used that word. I remembered its meaning incorrectly. I thought it meant “willing”…what a surprise it meant “light, able to fly”…I think this was brilliant, thank you. I agree with Joy. The short poem was tight, and meaningful.

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