Sunday, April 19, 2015

PAD - Day 19 - Authority Poem 1. Avowed-They Do

Lilla Frerichs 

Avowed - They Do 

Standing now side by side 
in this new way -she with head 
still stubbly shorn -an infant owl 
blinking - he with skin hanging from 
his hulking frame - their skeletal fingers inter-
twined – no marriage this would have been before - 
but before was buried under boots – burned in acrid 
ash rising repeatedly –again, again, again, surreally 
insanely - still –until the gates opened and they tumbled 
out – here to clean water – a wash – a meal - to this street 
on this morning - unbearded rabbi thinly singing sweet 
remembered words -in this cobbled crumbled side-street, 
their ark -  the spread of sky – a white sheet thrown from an 
open window by unseen hands –they inhale in still breathless 
wonder-stretch their toes in shoes – she feels his heart beating 
in her finger-tips and when the word ‘authority’ is intoned – 
she turns from flashes of storm boots and snarls of shepherd dogs, 
rattle-cattle cars and forever unspeakable violation -rewrites authority 
now - here - with each breathed breath –belly bulge- stretching against 
her thin clean dress – the banish atrocity of authority begun – 
no hint of stumble in stalwart reclamation of self and future – 
beyond the cool morning of crumbled streets the shine of 
hot sun spills as honey on their heads –spills on shoulders 
straightened- these children of a promised land –standing 
together -sacred remembrants of all that was – 
Stirring in innocence yet reborn – 
legacies of light –  re-writing 
authority in the sparkling 
sand of time to be – 
seal this, their vow –
from crumbling street – 
There and Then, 
Here and Now – 
Wherever – Forever –
in clear voice


  1. Oh, Pearl. "an infant owl, blinking" is so visual, so powerful.

  2. Love the place this prompt went under your skillful pen, Pearl. There are levels of authority here -- external and internal, projected and introjected. Love the narrative -- the way it evolves from "standing now side by side" all the long-short way to "they do."