INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Sodiq O. Alabi
Michael Lee Johnson
International Journal & ezine
Copyright (c) 2022 Francis Ferde
All rights revert back to each poet.
--editor / Southeastern Florida
note: in print 1967 - 1980. Irregular publications 1980 - 2004.
As ezine 2004 - present. Most of 51 years all together....
Silver Grey Fox
Dust or ash
choose now for an eternity.
In defense of fire,
it is a final warming
against the chill of the universe.
It is a last light
for the coming dark
The roar of the fire is the same
as that found in the solar wind.
The smoke is a wafting shadow
of what used to be.
It is a condensation,
a shedding of gravity
drifting away from memory
and into the absolute.
Look to the ancient East
and find old Abraham
grandfather of all mythology.
Now see the oracle
a ragged grey leper
who scavenges the outskirts of truth.
At the center of a simple straw hut
in the realm of a night’s small candle
the bone caster kneels on a floor of clay.
He leans over a mirror of the universe.
The bones clatter out into an ethical paradox.
And from that dust is found a present fact:
that long-held myths
are loved more than any truth.