Monday, April 16, 2012

The Long World Under Wet Pavement (New Poem)

This is a poem whose theme I've been playing with for a while now. Looking back over the past 6 months or so, other realms and spirits have started creeping in to my poetry. This motif, in particular, I enjoy, because it takes what is typically very old worldly - and other worldly - and places it in a contemporary environment.

Also, one last thing, the poem - as poems are wont to do - took a turn as I was writing it towards the end. I hope you enjoy the twist.

Hope you like it!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

The Long World Under Wet Pavement

Wet pavement turns asphalt into a portal
where green lights are the Emerald City
reversed,
where amber glow and red become
shining lance and flags of war,
respectfully.

The world under the pavement is
fraught with an evil
that has a face and a name and
does not hide behind the broad
swath moniker 'terrorist'.

Were I able, I would latch on to the
invisible fire pole connecting world
to world and slide down
or up or in
and take my chances.

I must remember, when
I see this other world,
that rain washes the debris away
the grime we've put there
so that we might see things as they are.
Knowing this makes seeing the endless
streetlamps-turned-towers
all the more confusing.

Because I might just readily accept
being debris.

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