Ready to Parade

Twilight returns to its holy scar.


Locomotive pulling north to where the scent

of fur is carried on a glacier’s tongue,


impossibly delicate starlight strung

forest to field behind open boxcar doors.


The red embers of animal eyes

reflecting iron passage, moon

plants quivers of blue silver inside forest.


Veteran on the small platform facing north,

swearing his oaths, breath fogs staccato

into a gray stream taken by wind.


Adjusting his top coat, he’s ready to parade

having survived another memory


as snowfall’s white silence

dissolves the membranes

of an inhaled pace.


The hidden moon does send envoys

carrying white feathers, conditional


easements granted below blue-gray memories

of loves. He allows his remaining hope

to mine the shadow of a promise


as winter digs into his lungs.

Charles  F.  Thielman

About Ijagun Poetry Journal

Ijagun Poetry Journal is a quarterly journal that provides a platform from which we can tell our own stories in the authenticity of their multiplicity through the poetic medium. We don’t want to hear these stories from our master “griots” alone; we want to hear from those mastering their art, too. Hence, we aim at publishing new and emerging poets. We also welcome the works of established poets in order to encourage the poetic genius of those mastering poetic art. We prize original works that conform to, break or reinvent conventions. Again, we accept reviews and critical essays on poetry. We also accept powerful art works and photographs that make us appreciate the "poetry" in everything.
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