Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Phoenix Boat

The Phoenix Boat

After the race, the boat
was broken up
and burned.
In the flames, rose
the robed gorgeous
Bird of Fire,
flight of flame fanning,
with brilliance, the air.
Afterwards, ashes
lay white-hot on the ground,
like the whispers of spirits
already discussing
next year's race.

Philip Kuepper
20 June 2014

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