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Thursday, March 30, 2006

PENTECOST by Derek Walcott


Pentecost

Better a jungle in the head
than rootless concrete.
Better to stand bewildered
by the fireflies' crooked street;

winter lamps do not show
where the sidewalk is lost,
nor can these tongues of snow
speak for the Holy Ghost;

the self-increasing silence
of words dropped from a roof
points along iron railings,
direction, if not proof.

But best is this night beach
with wild scriptures of sand,
that sends not quite a seraph,
but a late cormorant,

whose fading cry propels
through phosphorescent shoal
like what, in childhood gospels,
used to be called the Soul.

Posted by jebratt :: Thursday, March 30, 2006 :: 0 comments

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