Redbush, redflame

[24 January 2019]

I sing out,
hold my hands out
stretched, filling the gap between the slats of the old broken fence post,
fingers running like braille over splinters of wood and memory
and old paint weaving together a story I forgot like I forgot yesterday
like I can only see with my eyes closed.
The redbush lost its leaves but took up half the distance
between the ground and the sky.
My lips are parched, parted,
pointed to the sky,
kissed, taut, and caught cold in the ring of the dawn,
catching flame caught in prismatic spectres of times gone by.
We sing out,
with that selfsame virtue of certitude,
handspun between similitude and similarity and streaked scarlet, scored,
and splayed splash-golden across the screen of night sky,
silent, and silent, and silence,
just before all the lights go out.

10 responses to “Redbush, redflame”

  1. Kristi Karnopp avatar

    It may take me time to understand what you have written. I get it. Very good and enjoy your thoughts, words, and way of writing.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, Kristi! I really appreciate it!

  2. orkidedatter avatar

    I am so glad I could read your words again… words that only you can paint on a blank canvas❤️
    Take care my friend.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! It is good to be back and I’m so grateful to be able to share this with you <3

      1. orkidedatter avatar

        Good to see you❤️hope you are well.
        You know I am a big fan of you and your words❤️
        Take care.

  3. tara caribou avatar

    Nathan! You wonderful artist and friend, I loved this piece. I read it three times before I could even comment. It’s magical.

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you! That was my hope!!!

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