-in fog—
July 4, 2000 – 6:15 a.m.

the word is fragments
their edges are pointed and sharp

___

words forced through the sun’s failure

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masts of ships – demarcations
in a morning canceled by fog

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the island emerges from the sea –
the fog –
rooftops in silhouette

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mockingbird’s voice –
tossed dice in a sky bound by fog

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eye of a rabbit – round –
the only thing in the grass

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house sparrow on a red flower

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swallows leave designs in the air –
faded messages meaning nothing
beyond their saying

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light through a crack in the floor
letting in the voices that inhabit this place –
the pops and cracks and moans –
the distant and labored breathing

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socked in –
aimless trust in the moving aside of this density

 

 
About the Poet:
John L. Stanizzi — author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall), After the Bell, and Hallelujah Time!  His poems have appeared in American Life In Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Rust + Moth, The New York Quarterly, Rattle, and others.  He teaches literature at Manchester Community College.

www.johnlstanizzi.com

 

 

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