'Valhalla Fire' by Sean Arthur Joyce

‘Valhalla Fire’ by Sean Arthur Joyce

The moths are back.

Clinging to my white

back door like refugees.


Rain hammers damp

into bones and soil—

straining mute throat


of Earth. Tornadoes

tear up whole cities

in angry fistfuls


but the next day at coffee

we barely shrug.

When did despair


become numb?

Banish hope

from your lexicon.


Say instead: Action

or no action.

No friend of the forest


he who merely mourns.

We are all implicated

in the tragic fall,


by action or inaction.

Outside, wind toys

with massive roots,


decides to back off,

for now. Tomorrow

we will meet again


to discuss birding

and winter squash

while the weather


wheezes on.


©2013 Sean Arthur Joyce



About seanarthurjoyce

I am a poet, journalist and author with a strong commitment to the environment and social justice. If anything, I have too many interests and too little time in a day to pursue them all. Film, poetry, literature, music, mythology, and history probably top the list. My musical interests lie firmly in rock and blues with a smattering of folk and world music. I consider myself lucky to have lived during the great flowering of modern rock music during its Golden Age in the late 1960s/early '70s. In poetry my major inspirations are Dylan Thomas, Rilke, Neruda and the early 20th century British/American poets: Auden, Eliot, Cummings. My preferred cinema includes the great French auteurs, Kirosawa, Orson Welles, and Film Noir. My preferred social causes are too numerous to mention but include banning GMOs, eliminating poverty (ha-ha), and a sane approach to forest conservation and resource extraction. Wish me—wish us all—luck on that one!
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