Joseph Farley – 3 POEMS

Seeking The Golden Bird

There is what you want,

And there is what you settle for,

The bird you try to catch,

And the one that winds up

In your hands.

One may have borne you

On its back,

Across seas and summer fields

To its eyrie

In the peaks of your desire.

The other, well,

It sits there,

And maybe gives you eggs,

Or just turds,

But it is yours,

To feed and care for,

Or pluck and eat,

If you think you are

Still brave and nimble enough

To grab golden feathers

In the wind.

* * * * *

Hide and Seek

The secrets I tell best

Are those that are most hidden.

Peruse each line

With a microscope.

Dissect with pleasure

Every hidden meaning

While discovering

Sensuous curlicues,

And rusted metal consonants

That grind against

Your tongue.

* * * * *

Dancing in the Sky

sometimes at night

I fly away,

leap over houses

with strong arm-wings,

flirt with angels

in a multicolored sky,

yet still manage

to slip back

between blue sheets

before the cold sunrise.

* * * * *
Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Suckers, For the Birds, Longing for the Mother Tongue, Waltz of the Meatballs, Her Eyes, and Crow of Night. His work has appeared recently in US1 Worksheets, Verse Wisconsin, Wilderness House Review, Eskimo Pie, and many other places.


One comment

  1. EACH ONE, I said to me’—OOOO This is my fave’—then the next & the next—-NOW I must say, ”I ENJOYED each one for it’s SPECIAL MESSAGE'” THank You!

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