Friday, March 22, 2013

It is Spring

The day ends with rain falling on daffodils.
It is spring and has been for weeks. The flowers
are no longer thirsty. The sky
has cried on them and spat on them.
They have been drenched for days,
but the colors are bright and the petals
are large, threatening to bend stems over
and lie them gently on tall grass.

The day ends with rain falling. It has
been falling for days. The colors
are rainbowesque, only
without the crystal spectrum
of light from the hot sun.
A drenching like Noah’s flood,
almost half of the forty days down
and counting.

The day ends with daffodils drowning
two by two. The color of blood
and the color of the lost sun swirl
around a drain. And the ancient oarsmen
call desperately. The day ends
with rain and saturated flowers,
and colors blending into darkness,
and colors fading to black.


"It is Spring" was read on March 21, 2013 and again on June 5, 2013, by Conrad Balliet on his radio segment, Conrad's Corner, as part of his local Dayton poets project on WYSO 91.3 FM.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Two from across the pond

Lonely Spirit

While collecting souls,
I stumbled upon the bones
of an old friend. We

lost touch during the
hurricane, when the wind
was blowing and rain

beat against the window.
The lights flickered then failed.
I left to buy whiskey

and a blanket to keep us warm.
When I returned, it was dark.
The door on the porch

was ajar, and he was gone.
How his bones came to
lie in the desert, I do not

know. I may never know.
But I drank that bottle
alone, wet and tired.


Midwest Mud

The mud seems almost fresh,
but the footprints fossilized
over a frozen winter, exposed
by ebbing snow.
They were likely left
by settlers moving south, seeking
steady work somewhere in Texas,

where oil has yet to run dry, where
dreams have yet to die, where
mud is still soft and squishy.


"Lonely Spirit" and "Midwest Mud" are included in issue 13 of Turbulence Poetry, a British poetry magazine established in 2009 and based in Hull, East Yorkshire, England. To obtain a copy of issue 13 or a subscription to Turbulence, visit the "Buying Turbulence" page

This is my first overseas publishing credit!