The Wait

The Wait

The beast was a snarling dragon,
below the surface it twisted and roared,
shifting earth and time

stood still, reversed, accelerated
till the sated serpent slithered away.

And the stars twinkled unconcerned
above the rubble, dropping light-seeds
onto the exposed ground. They would wait.

A quadrille for dVerse. The prompt word was star.

59 thoughts on “The Wait

  1. I like this very much, particularly the way “time” can be read two ways: ” . . . [the snarling dragon] twisted and roared, / shifting earth and time . . . ] and “time / / reversed, stood still, accelerated . . .” Brilliant!

  2. Your ending is so full of hopeful patience. I really like that. I can just picture the light-seeds dropping.

    “And the stars twinkled unconcerned
    above the rubble, dropping light-seeds
    onto the exposed ground. They would wait.”

  3. I love the way you decelerated the dragon and made time stand still, Merril. A beautiful fable quadrille. I especially love these lines:
    โ€˜And the stars twinkled unconcerned
    above the rubble, dropping light-seeds
    onto the exposed groundโ€ฆโ€™

    • Thank you, David.
      I’m sorry, I should have put in a credit line. I thought it would show up. It’s an image I’ve used before from Wikimedia. I had the idea of the poem first–thinking about the earthquake in Turkey. Then after trying to figure out how to end it, I thought of this image. “Starlight Sower painting by the international renowned artist Hai Knafo who was inspired by Or Zaruaa Synagogue in Jerusalem 2011.”

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