Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 14 . . .
 

Ostinato

     by Esther Greenleaf Mürer



          (byr a thoddaid)



Where is the air of yesteryear?
Where are the fields, fallow as deer?
They’re gone, gone in a whorl of brine, to burn
until the rain turns alkaline.


Where are the snows of morrowmorn?
There high up on the Matterhorn
they dance, undecided which way to fall,
point and pirouette all the day.


Where are the stars of nevernight?
You cannot know, poor anchorite
who spurn the milk of skybridges unseen
for the glare of your mean fancies.


Hope remains, like a wire-wrapped string
that sends its ground bass pulsating
under the ever-shifting harmonies
drifting on the breeze from afar.










Esther Greenleaf Mürer lives in Philadelphia. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Mimesis, Unsplendid, The Literary Bohemian, and Umbrella. Visit her on the web  at Esther Mürer Poetry.

© 2009 Esther Greenleaf Mürer