(Swans - August 26, 2013)
In the Cloudland like a knight-errant
going to visit my grandparents
in the South of segregation
by the miracle of aviation
but my reader's mind is elsewhere
as at Kipling's White Seal I stare
and the page blanches me snow-blind
to a nada-purity of mind—
then with a slight leap of wonder
I step onto the Cloudland tundra.
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David Francis has produced three albums of songs, one of poems, ALWAYS/FAR, a chapbook of lyrics and drawings, and the film Village Folksinger. His poems and stories have appeared in a number of US and UK magazines. His Web site is http://davidfrancismusic.com. He lives in New York City. (back)