A Breath

Winslow Homer, Moonlight, Wood Island

A Breath

Listen—
moon-wreathed
the sky balanced between
night-hymn and dawn chorus, a breath
exhaled

a breath
and then one more
as wine-dark sea froths pale
and gull-laughter sounds from the shore
again

now watch
and see the world
around you breathe and stop
when baby chick is eagle-plucked
and gone

choices
are made–eagle,
chick, child, a soldier’s gun
loaded, aimed, then stopped with a cry,
a sigh

a breath,
a pause in time,
the world re-balances–
land, sea, sun, moon, stars join in song—
listen.

A cinq cinquain–five verses of five for the fifth day of the fifth month-for Laura’s prompt at dVerse. But I’ve also repeated the first line as the last, as in a crown cinquain.

72 thoughts on “A Breath

  1. Love where you took me in this Merril. Really engaging, and you kept me alert each line. Excellent my friend.

  2. Beautifully breathed words Merril!
    ‘choices
    are made–eagle,
    chick, child, a soldier’s gun
    loaded, aimed, then stopped with a cry,
    a sigh’ ~ some choices have devastating consequences but I’m glad you finished with hope.

  3. If nothing else a deep breath says suck in, breathe out, go with what you’ve got. BYW, our rabbit population around here since the hawks have come for their toddlers.
    ..

  4. This felt like a meditation poem. Calming. Wise. At peace.
    Love these lines:
    choices
    are made–eagle,
    chick, child, a soldier’s gun
    loaded, aimed, then stopped with a cry,

  5. I love your descriptions here of the ‘wine dark sea’ and laughing gulls. This poem does create a mood, to stop and pause, to be still and contemplative.

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