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Pantheon, Rome by Lisa Shea

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A Beautiful Try

Phibby Venable

There are so many ways to fly south -
south being a palm tree, a coconut concoction
of the heart
I want to ride on a music note that brakes
for the melodies of goldfinches,
a baby laughing in Marietta, Georgia,
the long line of cotton fields
smooth with old songs
I want to land on lilies & leap
frog the white quartz through wildflowers
When dusk is a plum sky of lovely shadows
and the indigo butterflies rise
I want to watch the lights of a riverboat,
dip once in the Mississippi, and linger
slowly in the warm breath of dusk
When the music note grows tired
we will land on the wings of a guardian -
One already accustomed to my attempts to fly
One aware of my weakness for a beautiful try

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Reader Feedback:
I absolutely love this poem. The sensory details are so rich, I felt like I was along on this journey into the South with the author. Such beautiful language. Thank you.

I think it is a wonderful, thought provoking poem. I want to go with the writer on this whimsical trip. What fun!!!! Our guardian understands.
Seriously great work by wonderful lady.