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Marietta Calvanico

I’d like to think (October 14, 1995) – A Poem by Marietta Calvanico

I’d like to think (October 14, 1995)
by Marietta Calvanico

Your scent is
in my hair
(or maybe in my mind)
clouding that grey territory
of things said/unsaid

maybe it doesn’t matter
if the moment was left silent
maybe it’s all the same
whether through words or touch
or some other-worldly sense

we are locked in this present
it’s like a train pulling away
as we run down the stairs
getting there just in time
to see its lights
disappear into the tunnel

 

About the Poet: Marietta Calvanico lives in Staten Island, NY. After spending a bit more than two decades in advertising/marketing, she now works with her architect husband and has been able to devote more time to writing, art and music. Her poetry, short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in print and in on-line publications including The Bare Root Review, OccuPoetry, Dying Dahlia, River Poets, The Driftwood Review, damselfly press, Straight Forward Poetry, Bond Street Review and others.

Reenactment – A Poem by Marietta Calvanico

Reenactment

…and dim the lights, acting as a soft veil covering my eyes,
The numbers on the clock glow faintly across the room,
but it is not this time anymore.

I command each memory deliberately, sharply,
And let them play on stage,
the characters knowing their lines very well,
passing from one scene to the next without hesitation.

 

About the Poet:
Marietta Calvanico lives in Staten Island, NY. After spending a bit more than two decades in advertising/marketing, she now works with her architect husband and has been able to devote more time to writing and music. Her poetry,short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in print publications and on line.

 

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.

Photo by Gerd Altmann.

Prayer in the Cupola – A Poem by Marietta Calvanico

Prayer in the Cupola
for Bobby T.

When cold still air bites
I am happy for that
and for other things I can’t see
but know are there,
Four friends raise glasses
to those on both sides of the equation,
I breathe in, breathe out
while winter covers tomorrow
and I pray,
needing to believe as I pray.

 

About the Poet:
Marietta Calvanico lives in Staten Island, NY. After spending a bit more than two decades in advertising/marketing, she now works with her architect husband and has been able to devote more time to writing and music. Her poetry,short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in print publications and on line.

About the Photo: 
An actual photo of the cupola taken by the home’s owner, photographer Bob Troiano.

 

 

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.

 

 

Matters of Life and Death by Marietta Calvanico

Matters of Life and Death
by Marietta Calvanico

It’s high season in the garden,
Tomatoes
drinking in the hot summer sun
testify with bold color
to the presence of life,
Basil, mint, rosemary
standing ready to release
potent sweet magic.

Long July days
mark time without fanfare
and the anniversary of your last day
passed by unnoticed,
Your happy yellow jacket
hanging, untouched
for the last six years—
I touch it.


Marietta Calvanico lives in Staten Island, NY. After spending a bit more than two decades in advertising/marketing, she now works with her architect husband and has been able to devote more time to writing and music. Her poetry has appeared in the Bare Root Review, the damselfly press, Poem2day, Word Salad Poetry Magazine, fourpaperletters, OccuPoetry and others.

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