‘Until He Dies’ and Other Poetry by Brad Lussier The Society April 8, 2013 Poetry 2 Comments Until He Dies With hollow bones a bird learns how to fly Not once despising frame all delicate, But pushed without the nest his wings to try, Fast finds the air till flight’s inveterate – And pauses not to ponder nor to care How fragile are his limbs amidst his flight, But boldly lifts his wings against the air And mounts the wind all ignorant of fright. And so each day, until he dies, he lives. He soars aloft, aloud, and all replete, Content with gifts that his Creator gives, His weakness making all his life complete. Who curses frailty wisdom needs implore, For only those whose bones are hollow soar. A Drowsy Daughter at Dawn This morning I rose early as I’m wont And took my seat in corner as I do And waited for the dawn to bring his font Of colors all appropriate to you. And he arrived with palette and with brush And sleepy-eyed crawled over window sill And on your cheek prepared to paint his blush But stopped, withdrew his hand, and stood stock-still. All rapt, he stared a moment, sighed, then bowed And turned to make his exit as you slept, But thought the better, and himself allowed Just one last look ’fore o’er the sill he crept. Who once beholds your beauty e’er repines, To linger long nigh charms no art refines. Brad Lussier, a native of Rhode Island, was educated in Providence, Newport, and Boston in a variety of disciplines, including literature, computer science, and theology. Having traveled the world as an educator and later as a professional chorister, he now enjoys occasional tours as an actor. When he is not working, he enjoys playing fingerstyle guitar for an audience of one – his 19 year old yellow tiger cat, Rafael. Together they make their home in Orleans, Massachusetts, where Brad continues to enjoy writing sonnets in his spare time. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Cathy April 8, 2013 Beautiful work!!! Keep it up. Congratulations!! Reply Nancy April 13, 2013 Very impressive! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.