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Burning giraffes
by Fr. Kurt Messick

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

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An original poem.


Burning giraffes
streak across an orange sky
as the sun sinks below the sands
of an endless desert.
This is the dry sea
that man had to cross
to get to the rivers of Eden.
This is the bottom of the world,
where fire collects
in the sand.
When the sun is yellow and overhead
the ocean becomes glass,
waiting to be shaped by a demigod
who will never come again.
Only his skeleton remains,
near the tree that burns every year,
and grows during the day of rain.

The sky becomes red,
as zebras and lions run into the night.
This is the unknown life,
landscapes are already painted
on three dimensional surfaces.
The world fades to blood red,
and only the eyes of giraffes,
which mingle with the stars,
remain to show the world existed
separate from the sky.


An excerpt from A Chorus of Voices
by Kurt Messick
Dry Bones Press, February 2003

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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 12/9/2003
Intriguing bit of whimsy. I would be curious to know what inspired it.
Reviewed by Candida Eittreim 10/26/2003

This is a very well written, and magical piece of prose. The imagery here is perfect.

Reviewed by Jaclynn Huntington 8/10/2003
I felt myself standing in this land so well described.
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 8/6/2003
Very cool word pictures here!
Reviewed by Nancy D. 8/6/2003
Wonderful write with beautiful imagery.

Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers 8/5/2003
this one gave me many visions, of life... color and nature......
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/5/2003
Awesome wonderful write!

May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 8/5/2003
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/5/2003
i like this
Reviewed by Jan Peregrine (Reader) 8/5/2003
Wow, I don't remember reading this before either. Gorgeous.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/5/2003
I loved the imagery you showed in this write and what a beautiful image as you say your first 3 lines:

"Burning giraffes
streak across an orange sky
as the sun sinks below the sands "

Thank you for a wonderful memory that you brought back to my mind.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 8/5/2003
What imagery, Kurt! Great write...
In Spirit,
Reviewed by john zimmerman 8/5/2003
a dense, satisfying read
i enjoyed this very much--
good write

john +
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/5/2003
Very good surreal projection. There is so very much to this poem, so much "grit" and "guts" that I just wouldn't know where to start trying to mention them all. An absolute wonderful choice of scrambled words here. Thank you.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/5/2003
good write, father messick; enjoyed! (((HUGS))) and love, your friend, karen lynn in texas. :)
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