Horizons

By Annie Shepherd for The Parisian Post.

Before migrating north for a few weeks from Paris to Alaska, from where she will post her occasional inspirations, Annie Shepherd sends a valedictory.

 

Paris skyline silhouette

 

Perched on the chimney pots, sparrows ruffle feathers

Parisian heating warming them together

theirs the skyline, grey zinc Haussmann roofs

spread like a calm sea over all that moves.

Eiffel’s Tower claims her regal place

her lace-like latticed dress displays the grace

of Paris, rivalled by belle dame Notre Dame.

Then gliding westwards, see the gilded dome,

the horse in glorious flight down by the river

wings cast in gold, a Pegasus untethered

on Pont Alexander, then further west, an Arch

reflecting busy-ness in all its beaming glass.

Above all this the seagulls glide and pass

dreaming of the broad-winged fulmar’s quest

a distant cousin carving shapes in wintry wilderness. 

 

Arctic Fulmar in flight
Arctric Fulmar in flight

 

Fulmar taking off
Fulmar taking off…

copyright © 2012 Annie Shepherd all rights reserved


Contact Annie Shepherd  for more of her published poetry, including  her collection “Jostled by Ghosts”.  Click here for a free pdf copy of her satirical poems written for The Parisian Post during the 2012 presidential elections.

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Une réflexion sur “Horizons

  1. Denise Larking-Coste dit :

    Annie Shepherd’s political birds – mixture of humour and acute political observation – are a must read for all interested in the French presidential campaign…with a difference.

    J'aime

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