POETRY FORMAT, 14 Aug 2017
To be a Portugal seagull
where the river meets the sea!
Red roofs ascend
a white bridge soars
Where the Douro drains
wine-laden vines, and spills
“Now” into Eternal Now–
timeless mariners embark
for worlds of spices, worlds of gold
over Atlantic crests
and where the Indus swells:
Henry the Navigator sees
Vasco da Gama and doomed Magellan
ride the dome of waves, answering
calls within to venture out.
A kind of love, and a kind of frenzy:
the need to assert and exert.
Passion and dispassion, geared and paired.
Where does the river end, the sea begin?
The place beguiles the explorer.
The unknown bewitches;
the unknown betrothes.
Past, present and future whir
in lunar calculations, in a dance,
and the human tide and tirade comes
and goes, comes and caws
under the gulls’ wings,
in the gulls’ small eyes.
Dr. Gary Steven Corseri is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. He has published and posted articles, fiction and poems at hundreds of venues, including, TMS (Transcend Media Service), The New York Times, Village Voice, Redbook Magazine and Counterpunch. He has published 2 novels and 2 collections of poetry, and his dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere. He has performed his poems at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and has taught in universities in the US and Japan, and in US public schools and prisons. Contact: Gary_Corseri@comcast.net.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 14 Aug 2017.
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