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Apr 04
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Two Poems from White Clouds: 108 Poems by John Castlebury

CHYRON FOR A WALK

The yellow field or the green-tinted field

The blue font scrawling in a neat hand

 

Pink rose looks strange out of its element

Paperweight rocks from the beach sit idly

 

Stepping stones are nearly overgrown

As blue font scrawls across yellow field

 

Rain steams off the road like hot sauna

Fog deepens so it’s almost impenetrable

 

My buttocks hurt from sitting too much

Dawn I scrawl blue on green-tinted field

 

Like walking into a cloud on a mountain

Dew clinging to hairs and to silky webs

 

Bejeweled with beads like a wedding dress

Calves and cows watch a shadowy figure

 

Crows squawk an outrageous alarm clock

Right outside several unfortunate houses

 

Wild honeysuckle is a sweet intoxicant as

Like a blue font on a blue field I vanishes


AFTER NERUDA

O grasshopper

on your side

on the concrete

that time of year

we must

step

carefully between

door and

driveway

maybe

my wife’s shoe

has maimed you

unawares

but no

pausing and backing

up a step to examine

you black and yellow

green-tinged golden

insect-

dragon

show no signs

of physical injury

except that

you’re on your side

your antennae

limp

in my palm

when your hindleg

tries to

spring

but lacks the

oomph!

Propping you up-

right on a yellow

paper

napkin,

you are my passenger.

I drive us to town,

we get coffee and park.

The harbor is middle-tide.

The mud flats are green.

Gulls swarm for worms:

there you rest

incapable

of

lifting your

carapace,

your thorax

pulsating as

heart and lungs

swell

and unswell

every

two

seconds

almost imperceptibly

on the sunny dashboard.

We listen to holy Sanskrit songs.

 

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