Sunday, December 21, 2014

Poem of the Day: "out of orbit" by John Reinhart

The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Poem of the Day for December 21, 2014 is "out of orbit" by John Reinhart.  Mr. Reinhart's work has appeared frequently in the Review.  He also has been published in the November 2014 issue of Songs of Eretz Poetry E-zine where a brief bio may be found http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/p/e-zine_3.html.

out of orbit
John Reinhart

with sullen glances
they tolerate
our indiscretions,
the flitting trees
and fickle wind,
sitting silently
in communion
with comets
shot across the sky

the stones do not
speak any more
to blighted beings
lost in motion.
They wait
and sing
their hymns
of sacred sorcery –
transforming layer
by layer
this simple rock
forgotten in the
sandy bay
of hesitant stars
and certainty

Poet’s Notes:  Rocks are great metaphors--until someone throws one through your window. And what say does the rock have in any of this? Careening some unmarked course, biding its time with more universal concerns, or orbiting patiently until the window opens, biding its time until it's time. The miracle of meaning is layered on the miracle of language, which is layered on the miracle of sound, which sounds great when the surfaces are stone, collecting their own stories for another time.


Editor’s Note:  I like what Mr. Reinhart has done here with the juxtaposition of rocks in space, the rock of earth, and the trees.  Reinhart’s thoughtful use of alliteration greatly enhances the aural quality of the poem.