Held Within

Stream of Consciousness is “a literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by objective description or conventional dialogue. James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Marcel Proust are among its notable early exponents.”

Here’s my go at it. I just let the words spill out.


Held Within


As afternoon’s sun
sinks below
the trees that span
the gray hills,

as the day’s last light
invests
itself in me,
I’ll toss an acorn

into the cold air,
watch it crack, split
against its zenith,
torn in two

by a butterfly
held within,
its golden wings
calling the stars

to spot the black canopy
where all heat
goes to die.

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