Katerina Canyon


 

After Landing in Lisbon

 
Becoming our own barren children
tourist clans magnify the customs lines.
 
Becoming our own confused apprentices
we exit. We are the daylight gleaming
 
against white tiles. Becoming the future
children climb cobblestone hills,
 
two steps at a time
 
while breathing, litered air. Becoming
a castle against blue sky, marble stones
 
etch the horizon becoming
a puzzle. The past hides
 
our present thoughts, but we will find
our future. In respect of statues
 
we bow to them.
 
In respect of the fountains, they
kiss our cheeks. In respect of the
 
buildings falling apart,
 
the earth shook long ago
by the bonfire in its center.
 
The god swaddling his favorite angel screamed.
 
In respect of the stairways
a harsh climb is incapable of
 
reaching heaven’s hem.
 
In Fado music, all hope is done.
The fish are often swimming
 
along the smile of the shore.
 
 
 
 


KATERINA CANYON is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Sunland-Tujunga, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Meniscus, and Black Napkin and will be in forthcoming issues of Waxing and Waning, The Feelings Journal, and The Esthetic Apostle. Her recent book, Changing the Lines, is currently available online and in stores. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

BACKNEXT

%d bloggers like this: