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The L passes that row
of depthless windows,
be-lop, be-lop, be-lop

Farther out
the Lake has no ears
She rises up with a hundred-
thousand cold, hard breasts,
slapping against the night’s
dull air.

On Chin Do Island
bats sleeping in the dead
Acacia trees hear the buzz
of a million mosquitoes;
As one great beast
they rise to the falling day
and feed on their souls.

© Jilly’s  All Rights Reserved

Posted for Jane Dougherty’s November Yeats Challenge Day 2

“… the dark folk who live in souls

Of passionate men, like bats in the dead trees;” —W.B. Yeats

Hey Everyone!  November Casting Bricks Challenge opens tomorrow!  See you there 🙂  ~ Jilly


A wild soul writing poetry.

29 thoughts on “Frequency

  1. This poem waves at me! You have a theme silently running through this that is brilliantly strung through the stanzas. It’s not always what is heard, is it? But what is experienced at a deeper level.

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    1. True. The “L” in Chicago has a rhythm about it as it passes and Lake Michigan in November shares that pattern in a strange way. Neither of those, nor the bats, are exactly good listeners – but they all vibrate just the same. Thanks for your insight, Charley. Always appreciated.


  2. What’s the ‘L’? I love your lake rising up with a hundred thousand cold breasts slapping against the air. I think Yeats would have liked that. Reminds me of ‘lake water lapping with low sounds against the shore’.

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    1. The L is the train in Chicago. Short for Elevated; it is not a subway, like NY, nor is it at ground level. It has its own strange sound. Chicago sits on the shore of Lake Michigan, so they are rather entangled.


    1. Thanks, Sarah! If ‘filmic’ is not a word, it is now 🙂 I think that is how it felt in the writing – like I was the eye of the camera seeing the scene, a close-up in his face and then pulling back. Glad to have your insight, my friend.


  3. Takes me back to riding the L in my youth… it does have its own rhythm. I love how you play with audio vibrations and how they intersect poetically.

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