The poem below explores nature’s disconnected forms such as feathers and leaves as a metaphorical expression of exile, abandonment, loneliness, and the struggle to renew itself as a viable
LIGHTNESS OF BEING
The connection of a feather to a bird
or a leaf to a tree seems very natural
indeed. However, when a feather or a
leaf is disconnected from its host, its
function is lost forever, never again
to be in unison with its counterparts for
the sake of the whole.
Instead it finds itself on a journey of
abject loneliness, drifting to and
fro as currents of air meander in
uncharted directions, bringing a
movement of a lifeless ballet to a
descendant resting place.
Laying there as a singular identity, a
Lightness Of Being begins to permeate
its soul, and almost simultaneously,
a sudden emotion of fear freezes its
silhouetted form forever.
John Avakian, April 15, 1996. Revised June 9, 2018