October 16, 2006

The Wall By Your Bed

On the vast white sea
of the wall by your bed,
two dark islands
keep changing the map.

Sometimes, uncertain,
they float apart,
only to
slide together again.

On the uncertain map
of the wall by your bed,
two dark islands
keep changing their minds.

They turn, in turn,
from volcanic to glacial,
only to
change their minds again.

On the frustrated map
of the wall by your bed,
two dark islands
tell the histories of time,

of the Earth in her youth,
when nothing stood still,
when the continents
moved with the tides.

On the great, paling sea
of the wall by your bed,
a grey mountain
begins to stir.

In the pale morning light,
it groans and it sighs,
turning into
two islands once more.



Summer 2006.

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