Learn More

Tom Sleigh

(Texas / United States)

Stranding


What came wafting
down the ditch
by the marsh grass waving
opened a hole
in the day through which,

like a puff of breath,
a ghost fountained up
rising in soft slo-mo,
lost, desolate, no place
left to go.

Dear bloody
Beirut and its internet cafes
were still smoking
from last night's
'little bombing.'

Such threads, tattered sleeves
blown all over the street
from Emporio Armani.
Husband and wife shot
dead at the airport checkpoint.

Where else would this lead?
The investiture
of grieving takes all day
to sweep up in the tidal spillage
of plate glass.

What ish my nation,
asked Captain MacMorris
between battles.
But the ditch knows
just who we are—

and I see its only water
on a stealth raid
of the glimmer
hidden in the reeds.
And when I come close,

little scavenger flashings
and great claws held out rigidly
scuttle back into mud holes
drilling the bank.
Bending down to look,

I could smell the corruption's
gathering, sweetish odor,
its sonar gone haywire
driving it to shore.
What choices are you given,

what makes you want to swim
out of your own element?
The demure little ear-holes
and intelligent clear eyes,
the fate from birth sealed

inside its smile,
spent flukes and tail
being gnawed to bone.
The curt unrevealing stare
mirroring back my own.

Submitted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Edited: Monday, July 14, 2014

Do you like this poem?
1 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Stranding by Tom Sleigh )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. Death Be Not Proud, John Donne
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  6. A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dylan Thomas
  7. Acquainted with the Night, Robert Frost
  8. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. Eldorado, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. તે જ જોવાનું..tej jovaanu, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Sounds, Vera Sidhwa
  3. The Sounds, Vera Sidhwa
  4. Absence, Neela Nath
  5. Not Knowing What Might Have Been, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. The rising, gajanan mishra
  7. Flowing Water, Vera Sidhwa
  8. Cooling Water, Vera Sidhwa
  9. May I be allowed, gajanan mishra
  10. The Green Days, Nhuan LeXuan
[Hata Bildir]