Some nights there's nothing but eggs and darkness.
What is born at night cries loud,
Cast anywhere, naked and adrift in this mist of endless shadow.
But my eggs have not hatched yet.
They sit in the middle of soft seats or smothered in plates of food.
They spin into crowded night streets
And roll down hills of jazz and smoke.
They lurk in black and haunted alleys,
Waiting to break open, beating and alive.
I've always heard that something must die
Before something can be born,
And I suppose this is true.
But just once I would like to greet new life
In the riveting and plain light
Of noon's non-hiding,
The cracked and abandoned shell
Open and fully examined
Like the first leaf of spring
From Sudden Tremor of Black Air © 2000 Janet S. Emmons
Printed in the Winter Issue of Dream Network,
"Eggs" is one of thirty-eight dream-inspired poems in Janet S. Emmons'
book, Sudden Tremor of Black Air. Janet has been writing songs and
poetry for over 30 years and has been working with her dreams for the past
15 years. It was inevitable that the dreams would eventually demand a direct
place in her work, and for two years she and they worked together to produce
this book. An award-winning poet, Janet has published poems in both local
and national publications and is currently involved in a project to put
poetry on the public transit system in Colorado Springs. She is a Unitarian-Universalist
minister who works part-time preaching at various churches and conducting
workshops in poetry and dreams. She lives and works at the foot of the
Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs with her husband, Tom, one fuzzy gray
cat and two vocal zebra finches.
When she is not writing or preaching she enjoys working in her garden, drawing and taking belly dance lessons.
Her book can be ordered from Twin Finches Press,
6660 Delmonico Drive, Suite D,#446, Colorado Springs, Co., 80919.
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For more about Janet's work or Colorado Springs poetry, check out the Twin Finches Press web site.