Departure – Stephen Longfellow
A moving shadow within the braided canyons of a city pulls my head up and there, high above moves a multitude of birds, one living purpose, wave upon wave, in dark, tattered banners the wind blows away beyond the sheer walls of concrete and glass below the sky’s brilliant river, the vertigo of movement in air beneath water, and I stagger as though I am standing still as a train pulls away from its station, picks up speed —the profound sound of its passing— my sense of where I am slipping as I struggle to set myself right.
Stephen Longfellow lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, where he keeps busy renovating an old post-and-beam saltbox. His first collection, Disappearing Act, was released by FutureCycle Press in 2014.
Tags: 2014, Quiddity 7.1