Monday, August 13, 2012

Blog Flash 2012, August 13: Forest

Eternal turquoise water to the west
Curling with foam and crashing on the sand,
Thumping like drums, tossing logs like matches,
Circling the zoo. To the south, charred timber
On each side of the canal and a road
Winding away through a valley. The sky
Spins with gulls, stampedes with charging white clouds.
Herring schools shimmer around the island.
Everywhere else, as far as I can see
Wave after wave of golden evergreens.

From Cathartes Aura and the Apocalypse Zoo, Chapter 5, Verse 4.

My narrator is a young Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura) born in a zoo.

When he escapes from the zoo, he soars around the country reporting what he observes.

He can't tell you what's changed, because he's never seen this place before.

He can't tell you what to feel when you see a forest full of golden evergreens.