Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Poem of the Day: “The Voices of Dusk” by Jonathan Dick

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “The Voices of Dusk” by Jonathan Dick.  Dick is from Toronto, Canada. He has had over thirty poems published in various literary journals. Follow him on Twitter: @jjdickyboy.

The Voices of Dusk
Jonathan Dick

I love the birds, when it’s evening
time, and how often do we confuse
wanting to turn off the voice inside 
our head, with turning our head off
completely. I love the birds,
when it’s evening time and all the quiet
of a numbness stretches deep into the vastness
of my thoughts. How simple it would be to turn
off the mind’s voice, like a nuclear disarmament 
switch, but then what would we be? 

Perhaps it is safer to assume that the voice inside our head 
is actually life itself. Perhaps there is a reason
why we equate our voice with life?

I love the birds, when it’s evening time, 
listening to their chirping bones, what thoughts
could arise and devour from such airy 
afterthoughts?


Poet’s Notes:  The poem's narrator continually tries to simply muse about the birds he hears and sees going to their nests at night. Yet, as his mind flutters away like the birds he is watching, he finds himself trailing into thinking about his own thinking trailing off. This poem is an attempt at a narrator's identification of his own stream of consciousness.   

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