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A poem to close your eyes

A poem to close your eyes 


 "I close my eyes and see a flock of birds. The vision lasts a second, or perhaps less; I am not sure how many birds I saw. Was the number of birds definite or indefinite? The problem involves the existence of God. If God exists, the number is definite, because God knows how many birds I saw. If God does not exist, the number is indefinite, because no one can have counted. In this case I saw fewer than ten birds (let us say) and more than one, but did not see nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two birds. I saw a number between ten and one, which was not nine, eight, seven, six, five, etc. That integer—not-nine, not-eight, not-seven, not-six, not-five, etc.—is inconceivable. Ergo, God exists."

Jorge Luis Borges  





I

My name is Shannan Gilbert,
 as the night befalls, 
an angel or a creature. 
 I smell like pricked stems of roses,
 silently gnawing in your ears.

My name is Shannan Gilbert,
backless,
  flipping leaves 
stuck in my throat,
they rattle,rattle, rattle
like a strange broken toy.


II


The dagger of the day dazzles
pierced pale lids dangling in the balance,
attentive, the birds stopped their crying,
light and shadow.
 
My name is Shannan Gilbert,
an escort gifted with an angel's voice.
wide-eyed, what I? 
My name is Shannon Gilbert,
-envoy-
the birds have taken flight. 



 



 






 







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Date: 11/3/2019 3:17:00 PM
Wonderful. Expertly put together. Ann
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Roxane Aristy
Date: 11/3/2019 6:43:00 PM
Thank you Ann, you are very kind.
Date: 11/3/2019 7:17:00 AM
So well written,,,enjoyed
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Roxane Aristy
Date: 11/3/2019 6:42:00 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. It means a lot to me. Than you, Panagiota.
Date: 11/2/2019 7:06:00 AM
wow, you are an am amazing writer... sad when someone so young perishes in this way...
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Roxane Aristy
Date: 11/2/2019 8:11:00 AM
Thank you for your kind words, Silent One.
Date: 11/1/2019 1:57:00 PM
Wow, really creative. This has an abstract feel to it but it flows so smoothly. I really like this style. Nicely done.
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Roxane Aristy
Date: 11/1/2019 2:30:00 PM
I'm glad this poem is to your liking, Chris. Shannan was a young girl killed in Long Island, NY. Her disappearance prompted a search and the discovery of 10 other young women's remains, all in the same area. The crimes remain unsolved still 9 or 10 yrs. later. Thank you for your kind words.