Friday, November 9, 2012

World like a Button

World like a Button
by Marjorie Stamm Rosenfeld

The world
as seen from space
in the God’s-eye view,
shines silver, fastens the seas,
akin to the bright button
on your sailor suit,
clasping two sides

You cried
when the button broke.
But that was easily mended.
Dark frocked, in a group, birds
stand on the shore.  We saw them
facing the sea like supplicants.
World that hangs by a thread,
buttons are cheap.  But
the dear world,
can it hold?

Will the world,
unmended, give,
spilling its silver—seas
casting a blue spell over land?

What of the little sailors then?
What of you?—still
wearing your sailor suit,
proud of its new

~ first published in Nimrod International Journal