Parallax: Migration

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September 6, 2013 by The Citron Review

By David Wheeler


With geese returning home,
I stand in open field and watch.

Observe the bend in their ranks.
Chart a flight suggesting south

across a stationary gray drop
where aerials keep parallax

with nothing but stratosphere.
The air turns on its axis.

I trace my path home in grass.
Wear wind like a sou’wester.

Add breath to a roof of clouds,
offer my lungs as a solstice rite—

frost climbs from alveoli to tongue
from field to stoop of my home.



David K Wheeler’s debut poetry collection, Contingency Plans was published by TS Poetry Press. His other writing has appeared in The Morning News, The Gay & Lesbian Review, TOSKA Magazine, Paradise Review, and others. He earned his BA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University, and now lives in Seattle.

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