Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Prophesies fraught with uncertainty

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Skyreading

The stories arrive from horizons well beyond the narrow margins
given to our behold. Skies stream in thin blue skins to skim over
all we would give up in surrender and prayer. Some chapters are
much like others and only the retelling sets them apart. A cast
shadow becomes a character we watch and follow scene by scene
through perilous turns in a serial that feels the same, day after day.

If it comes in grey, we think sorrows gather to attend a dark mass. If it suddens to black, we feel the burning tears of the night as our own. If it runs through red, we know somewhere smoke is having its way. If it dawns as gold, then we light a wick of hope on the sill of the day. Every new hue comes rich with meaning as we apply what lies within to every temporal thing that passes too briefly to cherish without.

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Innocent clouds lose their naiveté to structure and the deeper whims of ominous weather. What whispers today may scream silence tomorrow. Every thing we are plays out above us as it always has. Oracles appear and retreat, their prophesies fraught with uncertainty, each revelation moot with flux. If being human were not enough to lend sky to, then this would matter only to the most stranded and wingless among us.

So we read the stories as they come. This one spells your name backward in the western sky. This one corrects a minor inconsistency in a lie retold too often to be your life for much longer. This one throws out the true nature of what you are for all the world to wander beneath without ever noticing. Only you know the lasting plots that make the stories what they are, what they’ve always been, and what they will, in brevity, become.

Joseph Gallo
August 25, 2009


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1 Comments:

Blogger Joseph Gallo parried...

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September 07, 2009 10:11 PM  

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