My Poem Flew Out the Window

Earth Meets Water, digital photograph, © N Nazir 2020

I can see the poems through the window
to the other worlds
hours into the future
hours into the past
burning in funeral pyres
air thick with ash 
dead bones, once-loved
(they were just here a moment ago)
(standing right here)

These poems sound like wailing.

Click – another window
these poems are at odds
a parliament of poems, dissonant
distant, jarring
nothing rhymes but the steps are out
it’s all disharmony
the poems don’t agree
they butt heads
this verse is not truly free
all poetic form has scarpered through the wind-

Click – and we’re in the lilac apartment
friendship utopia in the city that never sleeps
(friends in your twenties poems)
in the open-plan dream apartment
so open the audience is there too
and Joey didn’t get the audition
and Ross and Rachel are will-they-or-won’t-they-ing
and Chandler wants to break up with Janice
and now they’re in Central Perk sitting on that sofa
that’s always somehow reserved for them
and Phoebe’s flirting with a man across the room
and Monica’s laughing with her
(checking out all the cute guys poems)
and Günther is making eyes at Rachel-

Click – it’s been the coldest April on record says the weather man
nay, another typical April that came dressed in sunlight
but chill, still chill around the edges, some cold arctic air
with poems from ghosts of remembrance past
(and a backdrop of wailing and funeral pyres)
still it should warm up next week as the days are getting longer
(and the ensuing silence is smoke-stricken)
though we can expect some showers today
(and the dead are not at peace, my friend, no they’re not)
so don’t get your barbecues ready just yet-

Click – shut the window.
I go out.  I take my viewfinder 
in search of a nice tree somewhere.

© N Nazir 2021

NaPoWriMo Prompt: to write a poem describing a scene you witness through a window.

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