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Elegy For David Macleod

Alright brother,
irreverent zephyr,
letís do this, †
raw and unpolished, †
letís do it up, †
good and proper. †
  
Noon high sunlight, †
heedless of bronze epaulette, †
rounding tender, †
brown shoulder, †
held by hand, †
laced and strong, †
blue white neons crowing, †
from evening saturnalias, †
of cities, †
warrior, †
your shadow stood, †
in kind sentinel, †
passing over, †
rough faces, †
illumined, †
electric glow, †
mists dreaming tendrils curl, †
upon the moors, †
of Scotís land, †
whose mourning pipes, †
are joined from ancient chorus, †
in their linear processions, †
to now, †
to carry you, †
sleep in soft repose, †
in this parting hourís lament, †
in this final release, †
from woes. †
†  
The room vibrates in solitude, †
sad, †
somehow, †
apologetic, †
to ask, †
if you knew that message, †
of love, †
appreciation, †
was the last, †
we would share, †
Where go you now? †
What ship carries you hence? †
to where, †
we shall meet again, †
in fortitude invisible, †
all your strength manifest, †
in some ultimate aether, †
beyond the gravel belts, †
of iron tracks, †
hurtling asteroids, †
into cold expanse, †
of black, †
into flames or earth, †
whatís left? †
you lie in quiet, †
repose, †
gentle, †
gentle soul. †
†  
What moves you now, †
to apoplectic fit, †
of laughter, †
quirked eyebrow raising, †
the desert mounds, †
of lost atlantis, †
itís mythic vanguard, †
hands raised, †
amidst wave torn dunes, †
solemn browed, †
over shattered colossus, †
kneeling beneath coral beard, †
and ages, †
merciless time has swallowed, †
and ages. †
†  
Spirit, †
defiant of departure, †
rise in atmospheric fires, †
rise in rust triumph, †
orange patina sunset, †
crest the deep wells, †
of his solemn gaze, †
in molecular reduction, †
to constituent ash, †
a phantasm, †
become, †
a great energy. †
†  
Brother, †
thank you, †
for such kindness, †
and we were young, †
when broken thus, †
and tender, †
beautiful in form, †
in violence wake, †
we shared, †
the rising sun, †
which foments its wreckage, †
consolidated within, †
in a rage of compassion, †
in wretched and soiled extremity, †
in maw fire, †
pinion fingered hurricane, †
in great and terrible splendor, †
dragon avatar, †
to begin our equatorial climb, †
and you knew me, †
gentle ghost, †
you were me. †
†  
And years came and went, †
cycling east to west, †
in earnest conversation, †
fraternal quietude, †
stretched between us, †
in companionable understanding, †
and you showed me strength, †
warmth, †
music in the shadow that lengthened, †
the afternoons, †
and tales of who youíd been, †
and what it meant to you, †
this is my vision, †
now, †
when all else is rendered down, †
to an unanswered letter, †
slipped beneath the drawn mouth, †
of a still door. †
†  
And the peace you sought, †
eternity, †
now, †
in your breast, †
beyond the confines, †
of limb, †
triaged, †
afore your ascent, †
shadowed bower cast off, †
beneath the exultant violence, †
of your wings, †
some gathering host, †
blasting horns, †
an esplanade of thunders, †
beneath your redolent heels, †
calling backward, †
to this lone room, †
where I look at a picture of you, †
eyes in soft candled sunlight, †
haloed by a cavalcade of gods. †
†  
Striving no more, †
is all your struggling now done, †
or have you taken up a new array, †
to smite slugs, †
that tracked across your path, †
unable to share the way, †
with such low company. †
†  
I am a ghost in the machine, †
my teeth are keys, †
skull resting on a cantilevered mantle, †
calling to your shade, †
numen arcing wax spittle, †
into shadows sway, †
god is here, †
upon my modest shoulder, †
whispering quietly, †
to herself. †
†  
Tomorrow will not hold, †
bright spears peeling back, †
the nights lament, †
you are there, †
standing with hands emptied, †
of their storylines, †
and soulless vehicles keep roaring, †
noxious breaths, †
djinn hovering over the metropolis,
skins shining their wings, †
of skyward wax, †
slow heat the kettle, †
youíve left, †
grievances fallen, †
beside a bed rail, †
and here we remain, †
to sleep and rise, †
and do you some small honours. †
†  
After our friendship has gone, †
and left this earth, †
beggarly, †
spinning into quiet constellations, †
in cadence of thought, †
in ragged wombís emergence, †
of constant renewals, †
I am alone, †
and the living, †
are all equal, †
all alone, †
and my heart sings, †
in remembrance, †
in sorrow, †
but is somehow glad, †
you are not alone, †
not anymore. †
†  
And what greater legacy, †
than to hurtle through space, †
a loosed arrow, †
earth in green erotic poetries, †
dancing on its toes, †
to what great celestial musics, †
the spheres yet hold, †
lonely, †
yes, †
and so much more lonely, †
than itís cold tombs, †
set beneath a still sheet, †
of earth, †
its sweetly tendered homes, †
nightly lit, †
and recumbent rooms, †
than all its still silent bosom holds. †
†  
Warrior, †
you are loved, †
you are missed. †
†  
.. †
†  
Elegy For David Macleod †
by, †
his friend, †
Daniel Christensen
DanielChristensen
Written by DanielChristensen (The Fire Elemental)
Published | Edited 24th Jan 2021
Author's Note
"I need to thank you for your friendship, support, and love. I need to tell you how much they are appreciated. I wish for you dear brother every good thing, light, and love in 2021." His final...
"I need to thank you for your friendship, support, and love. I need to tell you how much they are appreciated. I wish for you dear brother every good thing, light, and love in 2021." His final message to me.

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