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Patrick Walsh

I lived in an Elysium strewn with orchids, bougainvillea,

Hibiscus by the roadsides as if chucked by profligate gods;

Plumeria perfumed the breeze that bowed the palms

And set their fronds to click and clack like vegetal chimes.


Vanquished time; undying days put the calendar to rout,

Like starting a stint in solitary in the middle of the night —

Day in, day out and no mortal bearings, only the tides

Governed by an indifferent moon amidst a swoon of stars.


Camouflage concealed me from the eyes of other men

But could not hide me from myself.  I knew my name.

Or back in barracks in starched fatigues, spit-shined boots to mock the sun:

A gold bar on a collar gussies up a hired gun.


Gulches seething with guavas; valleys overrun by verdure

Sprung from red volcanic clay; paths littered with the corpses

Of rotting passion fruits; through this incomplete Paradise

I slither, like that famous snake so unjustly maligned


For bringing death where once there had been only life.

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Patrick Walsh is a writer and poet.
He writes a monthly column and is a Senior Writer for Scene4. For more of his columns and other writings, check the Archives

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