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David Chorlton

David Chorlton is a transplanted European, who has lived in Phoenix since 1978. His poems have appeared in many publications online and in print, and often reflect his affection for the natural world, as well as occasional bewilderment at aspects of human behavior. His newest collections of poems are Unmapped Worlds from FutureCycle, and Poetry Mountain from Cholla Needles Arts and Literary Library in Joshua Tree, CA.

Two Ravens

One is the shadow of the other
floating as they do above
the desert in its winter light
that leans away from center
as the land assumes
a dizzy pose.
                  A call sinks earthward
and catches in a cholla’s thorns
before it pulls free
to fly to the Earth’s rocky edge
where all calls last
touch solid ground before
their voyage
                  through despair
and the unknowing
that accompanies lost flight.
The quiet afternoons exercise
discretion as they pass
and tragedy signs its name
on the prevailing winds
                                  yet all
the while the black voices descend
tilting left, tilting right, scratched
but intact as they touch down
on the aching Earth with their one-
note song of salvation.


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