Brandon Marlon "Two Poems"
Dragon's blood tree boughs stretch upwards
from a grove in the limestone plain, well within
view of red granite peaks whitened by lichen
and towering above snails, beetles, lizards,
and freshwater crabs, endemic denizens
of an archipelago isolated in space and time.
While monsoon winds reshape dunes,
islanders trudge past the fuchsia desert rose
whose rotund trunk belies its toxic bark,
strips of which are claimed by goatherds keen
to spare their kids from feral marauders.
Locals afoot beneath highland mists come
to harvest croton shrubs for medicinal properties
and gnarled frankincense trees for aromatic resins.
The alertest survey the vista, glimpsing among seabirds
a maternal kestrel bearing grub to nestlings
huddled in a recess along the steep cliff.
To outsiders these isles seem remote and harsh,
a landscape uninviting; unbeknownst to them,
the habitat once legendary and at the world's edge
teems with nature's variations, a panoply of riches
expressing the diversity of that chameleon, life.
Also the Land Will I Remember
A wreath of beams illumes the auroral hour
when the wolf dozes but the falcon, sentineling and peckish,
espies its repaste scudding far below unknowingly in vain.
Necklaced lakes reflect the light to keep it
from penetrating to the depths of their secrets
accumulated as sediment, the aggregate of generations.
The seasonable breeze tickles petals of every
texture, contour, and tint amid a florescence
ornamenting with loveliness the valleys.
Along the undulating vertebrae of peaks mortals
trek and wend, clambering to oversee vistas,
learning the land, sifting dirt hot in pursuit of roots.
They scan the horizon then probe the heavens
seeking insights scarcer than grapes in the wilderness,
inspirited to uphold their duty as legatees.
Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 300 publications in 30 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com