Karem Barratt/Singing Heart
Cinnamon dreams fly from porridge bowls,
In the cool, early morning light.
To the music of a xylophone, the radio
Announcer chants the bargains of the day.
Humming, she goes about, in the warm
Embrace of the kitchen I don’t want to leave.
But the bus is coming, driving slowly
Over shaded lanes, the sun spinning
Delicate laces through the canopy
Of the acacia trees, birds singing sins
(My father used to say), choiring with
Crickets and tea pots, while iron pans
Fry merry dawns out of humble eggs.
The bus honks, and she calls my name,
Her eyes bright with dreams
That will not come to pass.
But she believes, and I believe with her,
Because last night I saw a man
Walking on the moon, weaved in
A tapestry of grey blinking stars
That sounded, at times, like the sea in a shell
-But the bus…
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