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According to a tweet the launch date for the re-release of VISIONS OF A SKYLARK DRESSED IN BLACK by Aberjhani is “mid-July.”

July is a big birthday month for the United States and just happens to be the birthday month for the Quotable Poet too. He published 2 autobiographical (yes? no? more than likely…)birthday poems in The River of Winged Dreams called A Poet’s Birthday Dance through Fire and Rain and “A Poet’s Birthday Dance through Fire and Rain 2007.”

Either one of those would have been good for the July Poem of the Month but word is Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black is set for re-release in a few weeks and it contains a long-time favorite: “In Regard to a Poet’s Birthday” (OR: “Every Poet’s Birthday Poem). It mixes bits about poetry with mind-rocking images that a lot of writers would run away from screaming but not the Quotable Poet birthday dude Aberjhani (who btw is multiplying on Tumblr) so here it is:

IN REGARD TO A POET’S BIRTHDAY
(a.k.a. Every Poet’s Birthday Poem)

 The years whistle best
in their own unruly meter.

Like flawlessly planned
intentions
not all of their lines
have agreed to rhyme.

Once, inside a net
crusted over with indigo pearls
I caught a thousand crystal echoes
of Gnostics sailing their souls
across an ocean
of overheated eternity
and to this day I funnel
that fire through silvered tongue
and goldplated cells.

Funny how a mountain
can sing like a choir or a
single syllable shock like a baptism.
Gifts of hope washed clean
in a lake of platinum ages.

If life is a birthday cake
let my face be smeared
with its icing of cognac and kindness.
Inside the flickering
of a candle’s bright laughter
let me breathe a scent of themes
well-chosen and well loved.

by Aberjhani
from VISIONS OF A SKYLARK DRESSED IN BLACK

posted by MS/25

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