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A Hundred Gourds 2:2 March 2013
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A Plague of Grackles

darkening sky
a plague of grackles scatters
then gathers again

Willie

against the white lawn
frost-blackened figs

Bill

someone else playing
someone else’s piano…
au clair de la lune

Melissa

with my good hand
uncreasing the photograph

Sandra

in a church fresco
the Devil falls separate
from all the others

Bill

too small to house worms
so many green apples

Bill

a raffish display
his hot pants and spandex
lead the parade

Willie


launching a rubber band at me
she misses again

Melissa

a tarte au chocolat,
a steaming pot of tea
and this poem

Sandra

wild plum blossoms
in the garden gone to ruin

Willie

all legs and tails
three newborn lambs
tumble out of the sack

Sandra

past the old landslip
he thinks how it must have been

Bill


without another word
one more sake;
the mattress comes to me

Joseph

try and explain kapok
to a kid who doesn’t care

Sandra

inked above his heart
the tattoo reveals
a floating world

Willie

narratives in sparks
climb up the chimney

Sandra

tarnished moon the colour of this wooden floor

Bill

the last note of the hymn
an owl's hunting cry

Sandra


Melissa Allen, Wisconsin, USA
Bill Dennis, Pennsylvania, USA
Joseph Mueller, Vermont, USA
Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, New Zealand
William Sorlien, Minnesota, USA

Composed at Issa’s Snail, October 14 to December 2, 2012


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