Poem: “Can Look at Me”

Can Look at Me

Jewel box with cover,
Legs, a tail, an eye,
Orange, black, discovered
Too chilly to be shy

Along the trail it blundered
Within the darksome night,
Gusts of wind and thunders
Splendid in their might

But turtle in her cabin
Of sweet unconscious beauty
Calm as any mountain
Will never be unready

Unmovable though mortal,
Unshaken as the sea,
An artifact as beautiful
As this can look at me

August 19, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."