When I Cross Over

Posted on | June 25, 2012 | 14 Comments


I am not who I am
I write messages on the sky.

I am a bordering creature
at home in air or on land
I cross the borders
or they shift beneath me
I am always in this world
and often in another.

Those like me are not like me
though we share many things
the carrion and the corn
the glossy black
so obvious by day
invisible by night
the winged air and wary land.

There are places I go
that they may not
when I speak to them of this,
the sparkle of my eyes
reflected in their dull stare,
they do not know of what I speak
or even that I do
hearing only an echo
of their own broken voice.

Mostly I go alone
for to be with them
is a greater aloneness.

When I cross over
it is not what I do
it is what I am.

When I cross over
I become one with the one
and I see through the eyes of time.

When I return
and the world becomes small
I am a part and apart
I am a part of the one
and yet apart
I am a part of the brotherhood of crows
and yet apart.

I am a part of the wholeness
and apart in my loneliness.

Yet with me comes
the eyes of time
and I write what I see
on wind and sky
and again I wait the time
when I cross over.

Please comment!
copyright 2012 – Bauke Kamstra


14 Responses to “When I Cross Over”

  1. Isharaina28
    June 25th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

    You are an amazing poet, touched by each & every word.

  2. muh. ahsan kurniawan
    June 26th, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    Always… in to deep. You.

  3. Wyrde
    June 26th, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    You have depths both plumbed & unplumbed my friend. : )

  4. Julie Butcher
    June 26th, 2012 @ 2:11 am

    I liked it.

  5. Wyrde
    June 26th, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Then I accomplished my intent. : )

  6. Nancy
    June 26th, 2012 @ 2:57 am

    I am awed!

  7. Wyrde
    June 26th, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    Thank you!

  8. Réjean Lévesque
    June 26th, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    You are a true poet. Here, there is space where you can spread the wings that are constrained by Twitter.

  9. Wyrde
    June 26th, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    Thank you very much, Rejean. I agree, although I do not usually feel constrained by Twitter, it just has it’s own kind of logic. I am honored that you visited here.

  10. Karen Glenn
    June 27th, 2012 @ 1:10 am

    Lovely series of crow poems.  I like them all!

  11. Wyrde
    June 27th, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    Thank you Karen. I am grateful for your attention!

  12. Chercross
    June 27th, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    I like it…now, I’m going to read it for the third time!!

  13. Kjframe2
    June 29th, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    One word and one word only MAGNIFICENT!

  14. Wyrde
    June 29th, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    Wow! Thank you very much!

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