States of Poetry 2017 - ACT | 'After the Grand Canyon' by Merlinda Bobis

After the Grand Canyon

18 October 2014


It’s an accident
of composition: sun, sky, bird.
White orb on storm grey
punctuated by a raven –
but which composes which,
and which is accidental?
Is it the sun
a hole
sucking in a bird,
or Icarus about
to singe the sun?
Against the grey
both soft and sinister,
anything is possible.
Look: barely a thumbspan
sun and bird
before the answer is given.
Enough to fit
the fingerprint of god.

Merlinda Bobis

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