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Zephyers and Blasts
by J. Donald Coonrod

Friday, January 04, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A poem about nature. Published Jan/Feb 2006 in Coffee Press Journal. Copyright to J. Donald Coonrod.

After rain, a clearing wind came up,
sighing at first, then swelling with
expelled breaths and a whistling
exertion that framed the ghostly sky,
a lake of jagged cotton floats
on blue seas and sudden light
that hurt my eyes as it flickered
in the spokes of my Raleigh.

I biked my way on crushed gray stone
above the riverside as the first
gusts hit home—undulating serpents
of jettisoned air rippled and
wrapped around me, constricting
until I was almost still—then
seemingly undecided—hurled me down
a wooded hill to the river’s edge.

Evergreens waved wildly as I passed,
arrow tops and green sides shook—
raucous fat men belly-laughed as
winds whistled, singing in an
unknown language, and a mighty ruler
turned wheels of fortune, flicking
piles of dead leaves up and down.

Suddenly, Thor’s magical hammer was
put back, and the furious blasts
ended. I was caught alone straining
slowly uphill in still air, the
magic gone—and a mundane silence
weighed me down profoundly, more so
than all those failed promises of
furious blasts and gentle zephyrs.
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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/11/2012
oh yes this is indeed EXCELLENT!
Thanks for visiting me so that I could visit you

Wind Tides & Eclectic Moons
Reviewed by jude forese 1/4/2008
excellent montage of images ... would have been nice if you elaborated on exactly what the "failed promises" comprised of ...

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