Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

The Book of Omens

 

 

“Falnama,” Sackler Gallery

 

 

It's not the pictures I am

drawn to, but the words I cannot

 

read. The pattern-work,

calligraphy in foreign tongues

 

so that the swirl and swoosh of stroke

and ink are only that. Free

 

of the burden of message, letters

wheel across the page like

 

starlings, orbit

dots and dashes, turn

 

sideways on a chisel-edge

until they nearly

 

disappear—then

plummet, fat

 

and black, as if their density

alone portends an urgency.

 

Whatever it is has already come

to pass. Flies beyond

 

me, doubles

back, will come

 

again.

 

 

Meredith Davies Hadaway  earned  her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, Eclipse, Stand, Zone 3, Bayou, The Fourth River, Gulf Stream, Pearl, Rio Grande Review, Apalachee Review, The Jabberwock Review, Ellipsis, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Illuminations, Isotope, Margie, Poet Lore, and Rhino, among others, and in two anthologies, Here On The Chester and the Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. She is a book reviewer for Poetry International as well as the poetry editor for The Summerset Review. A collection of her poems, Fishing Secrets of the Dead, was published in 2005. A second collection, The River is a Reason, is forthcoming in 2011 from Word Press. Her work was nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize.