OMEN OR A CHANGE OF COLOR
OF THE GULF WATER OFF SANIBEL
Man-of-War, or Frigate bird drops
A shadow from far above. It falls
On slightly wrinkled water azure gulf water.
Sages of weather say it means
A forthcoming storm from an unknown location,
Perhaps, a speck of water whirling off
A pebbled coast of Madagascar.
The signs of a forthcoming disturbance
Were the rain-bowed bubbles
And gold berries broken from seaweed
That speckled the spread-out shadow
Dropped from a long black wing high above.
There was from the multicolored canvas
Beach chairs much talk of the meaning
Of bubbles and gold seaweed berries
Spotting a shadow of a long black wing.
Each voice constructed a future reality.
The Frigate-bird flew away, left a blank blue.
Duane Locke lives hermetically by an ancient oak, an underground stream, and an osprey’s nest in rural Lakeland, Florida. He has as of January 2010 had 6,513 different poems published as well as twenty one books of poetry. Duane has a Ph. D, specializing in English Metaphysical Poetry (Donne to Marvel). His interests include philosophy (PostModern, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger), insects, butterflies, birds, opera, Mahler, and Viennese music.