If there weren’t a sky
within your chest
worth breaking, believe
me, you
would have stopped
all this singing
by now.
–       Patrick Rosal’s “Despedida Ardiente” from Boneshepherds


Free these lungs,
this gasping grasping breath
this vast blue yonder heart bursting
with praise and phrase, haze
shattered, splattered, sprinkled
along ivory stream of clouds.

Flee this song,
these long and lonely lyrics
loosed to wind, wound along
a desperate desert breeze exhaled
from some internal spark
and freed, fractured but still strong.



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10 Responses to Sempre

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Prompted by:

    Opening phrase by Patrick Rosal, whose book BONESHEPHERDS I ordered immediately. Amazing.

  2. Shawna says:

    “these long and lonely lyrics” … so pretty

    I really like this:
    “If there weren’t a sky
    within your chest
    worth breaking”

  3. So glad to get another fan for Patrick’s work. And yours is a lovely response.

  4. Wow! I love the handle on word play, the repetition and sound qualities makes this very upbeat, and conveys the message in a potent way.
    Thanks for the link to Real Toads.

  5. Wonderful use of sound and rhyme throughout this whole thing, and I like the idea that it creates of a song being as natural as breathing. It lilts like the quote, but has its own tone that is entirely yours.

  6. Oh De, what Mr Harker said! The quote is lovely, but your own voice is just as beautiful! — “and freed, fractured but still strong.” 🙂

  7. Margaret says:

    loosed to wind, wound along
    a desperate desert breeze exhaled


  8. zongrik says:

    makes me wonder if you are talking about the national anthem??

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