Untitled © 2011 Sean M. Madden


the man lies on the cool grass
earth rooted heavy beneath him, as
liquid sky flows above

bones pressing on hillside
an echo of love so
visceral, recalling a deep truth

muscles soften into themselves
singing to one another in
ascending harmonious scale

arm hairs stand high in
the breeze, alert for signs of
a change in weather

eyes soak in warm rays, as
an orange rose blossoms
behind closed lids

heart expands into the horizon –
a thin grey line of possibility and
the unlocking of his soul

grounded was written in response to above photograph by Sean M. Madden.
grounded © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias. All rights reserved. Photograph © Sean M. Madden, 2011. All rights reserved.

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