prompt 8: roc eggs gigan

They might have been eggs     pebbles of sodalite or chalcedony

nestled within wooden cups        three and four to a family


It’s what they looked like: eggs lain by some prehistoric bird

bright of wing and long of beak, legs drawn up like cranes do

soaring over unmapped lands long since lost to us


While the fierce mother of these unhatched rocs (mythic, stifled)

waits somewhere in another era, a timeline far removed from now.


She broods, a harpy eagle of sorts, her face not quite human

not quite avian. She is other, mother of rocks that once were eggs


now metamphorsed into stone, no longer flesh of her flesh

no longer responsive to a soft whirring of wings.


In this other mother’s world, there is no partner to mourn with her

only the cacophony of a forest I will never know, although her solitary

state is familiar. I too await misfortune on my own, now.


And the small bluegreen stones that once held the possibility of flight

nestle still in wooden hollows that are all they will remember of a home.


2 thoughts on “prompt 8: roc eggs gigan

  1. What a complex poem. I struggled with the gigan alone, yet you combined both of these. Admittedly, I did not grasp this easily, but I’ll return and re-read this and others’ gigans tomorrow.

    With this reading, the most powerful experience I took is how your characterized the mother — fierce, alone, stone-like — this made me think of the anthropomorphized animal poem later.

  2. This is fabulous! You took the poem – and the image – in a whole different (fantastic) direction. It is whimsical and inventive and beautifully crafted.

    So many lines stand out to me:
    soaring over unmapped lands long since lost to us;
    the fierce mother … waits somewhere in another era;
    wooden hollows that are all they will remember of a home.

    Just lovely. I keep reading it over and over. Thank you!
    no partner to mourn with her;

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