"Creation's Chaos" by Charlotte Hamrick
Voices fall from the night sky, a chorale
of invisible comets disguised as bone and wax,
splashing over the landscape, hopeful
as sleeping seeds windblown into creation's chaos,
searching eyes balanced between luck
and inevitability. Nursing a tender center
desperate for escape, it flings itself outward,
buoyant for one more day.
If you listen it becomes a song,
joyful as a fresh-cracked day,
bare fingers reaching for gold,
shining in starlight, a flurry of genius.
The closer it gets, the further it flies —
sweat til it’s done,
til the cosmos opens wide its arms.
Charlotte Hamrick’s poetry, prose, and photography has been published in The Rumpus, Literary Orphans, Barren Magazine, Eunoia Review, and numerous other journals. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize for her Creative Nonfiction. She is Creative Nonfiction Editor for Barren Magazine and a Contributing Editor for MockingHeart Review. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and a menagerie of rescued pets. Follow her on Twitter @charlotteAsh.
Photo Credit: Mathew Haddad