Three poems by Duane Locke.


IMMOBILE AMONG THE MOBILITY

OF THE IMMOBILE

Blue eye divided

By crack,

The black spiral

Like s shape across

Silver surface,

A mirror

With a memory of a mother superior.

The other eye,

Perhaps spoken pink like in a Picasso,

Blinded.

blindfolded, beneath drape of a

Floating shadow from a herd

Of heard boudoir words

Stampeding

In roughness of lacy ruffles

And grandpa’s flintrock rifles.

I sit at the other end, more dark, of the

Empty room,

A closed door, bolted

By boredom of budgets,

Box scores and box offices—I

Suspended by the deceptions

Of a borrowed language.

Outside, beyond, bound by frame,

A vapor,

Not lip shaped

And red,

As promised

By Magritte and art A vapor waving

A blank flag.

THE PRESENT AT PRESENT IS ENOUGH

Green porcelain cat, curled

Décor, a spiral of leaves,

Shines,

Green and leaf darkened

By reflections

From another green porcelain cat,

Curled with a spiral of leaves.

Two bookends without books.

No meows,

No purrs,

No rubs.

Cognac in glass is gold,

A moment of green and gold,

Or gold and green.

Or gold.

THERE IS A GUAVA

OUTSIDE IN THE GARDEN

The window’s blank glass

Is stained with an angel.,

A Fra Angelico flat red dress

Angel, yellow curled hair.

The glass had become opaque,

Shutting out the grass, the hibiscus.

My life is reduced to a flat red,

Mystic yellow curled hair.

Ω

Duane Locke lives hermetically by ancient oak, an underground stream, and an osprey’s nest in rural Lakeland, Florida. He has, as of December 2009, 6,456 different poems published in print magazines, American Poetry Review, Nation ,etc. and e zines, Counter Example Poetics, Pen Himalaya (Nepal) and 21 books of poems. His three latest books, 2009, are Yang Chu’s Poems (376 pp.), published by Crossing Chaos, Canada (order from publisher or Amazon); Voices from a Grave (40 pp.) , published by erbacce, England (order from erbacce); and Soliloquies from a High Wall Hidden Cemetery(37 pp.), published by Differentia Press, California (Free download, www.differentiapress.com) .

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