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Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

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Kenneth P. Gurney

Alleviate by Kenneth P. Gurney

Alleviate
by Kenneth P. Gurney 

I awaken to a sky
as dark as nightmare.

My prayer for rain
blots out the moon.

But it is not my prayer
but my verbal repetition

of an echo I hear
emanating from the trees.

It has been dry so long
I cut the honey into cubes

and set one out
on the table to dissolve

to sweeten the rain’s
bitter surrender of its wings.

 

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  He edits the anthology Adobe Walls which contains the poetry of New Mexico.  His latest book is This is not Black & White.  To learn more visit  http://www.kpgurney.me/Poet/Welcome.html

Reunion by Kenneth P. Gurney

Reunion
by Kenneth P. Gurney 

The dead who came
and visited me last night in a dream
were people I had not thought of
in at least twenty years—
most of them I knew from college.

As happens in dreams
they did not speak to me
even though many opened their mouths
as if to say something
and it was all like a puzzle
I had to figure out,
just as our relationships
when we were younger were a puzzle
that we worked out
over late night beer
or early morning coffee.

After waking from the dream
and the visitation of the dead
I wondered why it was this night
they chose to visit after so long a time
and I was relieved that so many
I long ago called friends
were absent from this visitation,
although I had not heard from them
since graduation.

 

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  He edits the anthology Adobe Walls which contains the poetry of New Mexico.  His latest book is This is not Black & White.  To learn more visit  http://www.kpgurney.me/Poet/Welcome.html

Closing by Kenneth P. Gurney

Closing
by Kenneth P. Gurney 

Night tucks you under the covers
of its darkness
and never turns the stars off.

When you ask Night to read you
a bedtime story, it takes out a book
of a billion bones.

When you ask Night for a glass of water
it shines the moon on a nearby pool
and the frogs echo your snores.

Night tucks you under the covers
of its darkness
as an owl wakes to guard your sleep.

 

 

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  He edits the anthology Adobe Walls which contains the poetry of New Mexico.  His latest book is This is not Black & White.  To learn more visit  http://www.kpgurney.me/Poet/Welcome.html

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