The Poet

Painting by Lindsey Kustusch

Pre-dawn inky glaze
Raven dips low, swift upstroke
To perch on phone pole
Old wires trace a palimpsest,
The Messenger of dreams flies.

©2017, Amaya Engleking



  1. windstrewn · August 1

    Five lines? I read five-hundred and am gone on it. The painting is magnetic.

    • Gospel Isosceles · August 2

      I appreciate your comment, as I enjoy reading your poems. This poetic form is a tanka, or 5-7-5-7-7. It challenges one to evoke the bare essence of the idea. Much like the Poet does with the raw materials of nature and humanity and the pervasive spirit.

      • windstrewn · August 2

        I like the device, but moreso your application of it. This little poem is an open door. I always appreciate the competence in your writing, Gospel.

  2. qbit · August 1

    “Old wires trace a palimpsest”!

  3. braveandrecklessblog · August 2


  4. Mary Brearley · August 5

    A very beautiful and evocative poem.

  5. poetrybyliviniarendall · August 27

    Lovely to read

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