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What lies within

Fabrice Poussin


The sweet fragility of the sparrow is like a soul

fluttering about the branches of a spring yet to come

its little heart beating at the speed of impatience

seeking a safe place to avoid the predatory giant.


She finds solace behind the burgeons to the approach

of a future she was almost resigned to forget

but there is an enchanting perfume below the surface

seeping with the amber nectar nearing a final explosion. 


A timid song emerges from the minute chest

and its fire resumes with the electricity of the infinite

the source found at the very end of the universe

she swallows a gasp in unison with the rebirth of the world. 


A hand reaches between the fibers, tickling the intimacy

of the unsuspecting bundle of so many little dreams

now will begin the long flight to a great many dawns

flowing upon a never-ending melody born within.

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and many other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.

Meditation by the Sea
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