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Christine Vovakes

Apple – A Poem by Christine Vovakes

Apple

If this was Adam’s last kiss,
how fitting it should be
beneath this fringe of trees,
a primitive paradise
of light and lake and deep woods;

his mouth tasting
as tangy and sweet
as the first apple
of autumn
he had just eaten,

not a trace
of bitterness in it.

 

 

About the Poet:  Christine Vovakes lives in northern California.  San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, California Quarterly, JAMA, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and forthcoming in the anthology Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace, are among the publications where her poems have appeared.  Her articles and photos have been published in The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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Daylight Savings – A poem by Christine Vovakes

Daylight Savings

Saturday night we set the clocks
an hour back. Now morning lazes
in a new time that feels strange,
like shoes not yet broken in.

The birds heed only the dawn-tick
of sky and light. Their first aria
trills the sun awake,

then the whole choir of crows
and sparrows, a red-tailed hawk
and at least two geese by the river

make the Sunday holy
in ways we with our inventions
of time and verse and incensed
worship never can. Amen. Amen.

 

 

About the Poet:
Christine Vovakes lives in northern California. Her poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, JAMA, California Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology and more. The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have printed her articles and photos.

 

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

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At the Bookstore – A Poem by Christine Vovakes

At the Bookstore

In the narrow aisle between two long rows
of crammed bookshelves
I watch intently as you try to recall
the name of that small French children’s book
meant for adults. You look away,
lost in clouds that tumble with titles, none right,
but your eyes are alive and blue
as any rippling inland stream
and I memorize their movement
like clues telling me something
I will need one day
to remember.

 

 

About the Poet:
Christine Vovakes lives in northern California. Her poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, JAMA, California Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology and more. The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have printed her articles and photos.

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

Play It Again – A Poem by Christine Vovakes

Play It Again

I can’t get the old songs out of my head–
Fly Me to the Moon, Unforgettable–
lyrics crooned across generations.

But life isn’t a warped 33 rpm
slowly spinning on a wobbly turntable,
the needle caught in the vinyl groove
of Nat singing perpetually “unforget…unforget…”

No, life zips pell-mell one year to the next,
full throttle to the end.
+++++++++++++++++++ And still,
that interruption, that reminder,
in spite of it all, as time goes by,
“…a kiss is just a kiss…”

 

 

About the Poet:
Christine Vovakes lives in northern California. Her poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, The Cape Rock, JAMA, California Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, Apple Valley Review, the Marin Poetry Center Anthology and more. The Washington Post, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have printed her articles and photos.

 

Poetry Breakfast accepts submissions of poetry and poetry related creative non-fiction year-round.  See our Submission Guidelines page for details on submitting your work.

Start your morning with a nourishing poem.  Follow us on  Twitter, Facebook, and  Tumblr,  and enjoy a new poem every morning straight to your feed.

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