Morgan Michaels


A Walk With A Zombie I - Poem by Morgan Michaels

A lone and level expanse of darkening heath
carpeted by maquis. Threads of footpaths.
A tapestry of twill-tones:
violetumbergreen. No trees.

Starting where the sky fell
to land and dotted back to the beholder's eye:
puddle-to-pond-to-bog-sized pools
silver, of sky-to-earth-fallen divots

And rising from each- mists
that took the shouldery shapes of men
drifted off, like childhood, or the smoke
off caps coiled and banged with a brick.

Then, suddenly beside me- the melancholy zombie-
(at least it said it was a zombie) hand at its lips
staring moonward over its shoulder,
trudging along on watery legs,

Matching my strides,
trailing me like a shadow cast
glancing over its shoulder for what...(?) assurance? ,
as if out of sorts in Time.

as if fearful to have climbed too early
or late from the damp earth, oozing bogwater,
the discus moon behind stained
like a yellow armchair.

'I am free, now, ' it breathed,
'free to walk about. Free till
sunrise to...'
(using the 'free' word three times)

'to what? ' I wondered aloud.
'Never mind, ' replied zombie, then- 'to live in the moment.'
Good advice I'd heard before- so I said,
'sounds ok to me.'

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 3, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, June 19, 2015


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