Gargoyle 10cover image by Borislav O. Milutinovichpublication date 9/20/1978
Behind mountains heaped like bedclothes,
the sun drips thin as a wafer
and, almost reluctantly, it throws
a last, long, gangling leg over
dusking vineyards. Glowing golden
beside the rutted, brown, obedient
fields of heavy earth, they shoulder
a passage towards night and silence.
The town throws up a mist of lights.
The last remains of sun are strung
out across the sky like a flight
of birds. Woven rusted iron.
Light seen through a cracked stem of glass
A tiny knot of stars gives place
to the city and holds it fast.
A struck match over an upturned face.
The cathedral bells sound transparent
by day, yet at night, they deepen
to significance. It is so silent,
then, that bells can drift like open
arms or laughter through city;
that a sudden yell will walk the streets
like a blind man in search of pity
or a place to stop the sound of feet.
Around the houses darkness swills.
It runs a thread between the hours
that stampede and unhitch themselves
from moving wheels. A thunder of stars
are now shaken across the steep
miles of sky and bend toward morning.
And shrugging off an age of sleep,
I stand here, like a huge flag, yawning.