2 poems by Matthew da Silva: Fossil & Pressure

photo by Gabi Scott on Unsplash

Dawn is buried
in the trunk of the day

it is to come
like regret-and-fear
a companion to events

like birds that alight
on waving branches
or a forgotten friend

or a stake
in what flies over

something rare
wrapped in time’s meaning

instants cascade like wingbeats under the spanning of a valley

now as good a time as any
to sunder
whatever sounds derive from their busy wings
before they alight
on a branch like words you
might put

on a T-shirt

or what could be
a nymph
a ghost of the Cretaceous
stuck in amber
comforting as

like an idea
or like that first thought
see it vanish in the ruffle of the neck


away at the block
fate’s gifted
wear it down
to constituent parts
tear away mummified layers
to show

what’s hidden
in the seed
in channels
you anoint
with sparrow eyes.


Difficult to appreciate
the depth of hours, competent weeks
spent messaging

in looping
conversations concertinaed
like weather

across impassive

of this falcon globe

before which I pass
beacons through dreams

over boundaries
placed in the way

rhetoric functions
this way at last

and the fallout
strains the comprehension of ordinary mortals who
if they knew what was happening

would rush
to clean up

all the mess
we contrive to make of the minutes we’re gifted.

At the bottom
of each hour
the guy on the TV
illuminates with simple, precise language aspects of our future

you can read the signs

      at least
      those unclaimed parts of it
      beyond our control
but then y’arrive
like a tropical low

on one of your dips dialling my number
with the tap of a coloured circle

your finger
bringing the impressive
white extremities

of your voice
to bear

and I am chilled
hearing the words
you launch

like stones
at the windows

of my mind.

Bio: Matthew da Silva was born in Brighton, Victoria, and grew up in Sydney. He has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Media Practice degrees from the University of Sydney and lived for just under a decade in Tokyo. He has two adult children and lives in Sydney.

URL: matthewdasilva.com

Blog: happyantipodean.blogspot.com.au

Twitter – Main: @mattdasilva Writing: @bookchatoz Agriculture: @winningthefield

Instagram: matthewddasilva

LinkedIn: matthewdasilva

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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