Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Poem - A Kite Is a Victim

A kite is a victim you are sure of.
You love it because it pulls
gentle enough to call you master,
strong enough to call you fool;
because it lives like a desperate
trained falcon in the high sweet air
and you can always haul it down
to tame it in your drawer.

A kite is a fish you have already caught
in a pool where no fish come,
so you play him carefully and long,
and hope he won't give up,
or the wind die down.

A kite is the last poem you've written,
so you give it to the wind,
but you don't let it go
until someone finds you
something else to do.

A kite is a contract of glory
that must be made with the sun,
so you make friends with the field
the river and the wind,
then you pray the whole cold night before,
under the travelling cordless moon
to make you worthy and lyric and pure.
Leonard Cohen
(from The Spice-box of Earth)


the wild magnolia said...

The kite and the sunset over water, meditation.

Loved the poem.

Thank you, for sharing.

Stacy Wills said...

utterly beautiful...image and poem.