Capitulation - John Muro

Shoreline is shrinking and the
shuttered cottages are ghosted
by mists drifting upward from
channels of mud-softened
marsh like tawdry shrouds
that appear more pallid smudge
than luminous pearl and the frayed
tassels of common reeds, that
once rustled high in pale blue
air, are now arched in supplication
like martyrs leaning closer to
earth as all the world’s submerged
in a kind of deadfall between
seasons without the gift of sound
or movement, minding the air’s
prolonged undulations and the
deepening stillness of the water,
until the sudden sprawl of a
heron laboring to lift its bright
weight in stony silence and,
once air borne, watching its
avian form shape-shift back
into the abandoned light of
the back-water and I find myself
somewhere between awe
and surrender, asking for that
moment back, yet knowing
it, too, like a life, will be
erased and given up to ether.

First published in New Square (Official Publication of the Sancho Panza Literary Society), Volume 5, Issue 2 Spring 2023

John Muro, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as the Best of the Net Award, is a resident of Connecticut; a graduate of Trinity College, Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut: and a lover of all things chocolate. John’s professional career has been dedicated to conservation and environmental stewardship, and he has held several volunteer and senior management positions in those fields. John has authored two volumes of poems – In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite, in 2020 and 2022, respectively, and both were published by Antrim House. The books are available on Amazon and elsewhere. John’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Acumen, Barnstorm, Delmarva, New Square, River Heron, Sky Island and the Valparaiso Review. Instagram: @johntmuro.