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Lives of Furrow

Rob Schlegel The Center for Literary Publishing ePub

My patience is writ
In riddance

In this one page of
A one-page
Letter from loss.

In the pond’s still water
What can I see

In sound? The me is me.

I narrate too much.

My hours are buried
In a furrow named Gone.

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With Shut Eyes What My Mind Sees Does Not Belong to Me

Rob Schlegel The Center for Literary Publishing ePub

In the city whose streets I knew
by the size of candles kept lit
for the neighbor’s missing children

I ate melons in a dusty kitchen
and pierced lures into the lips of fish in my aquarium

until each hook became a leaf
that floated out from the fishes’ mouths
and up to the water’s surface.

When birds lit on the front lawn
I scared them off with erratic movements.

The voices of my depressed and handsome neighbors
were roughly the same as mine.

Me and not me and the two halves
by the same name.

I lost some people and made a few mistakes.

Each day, I tried to give myself
a different name. Today, you are Jim
I would say, and vertigo might fill your veins

and you will surely lack direction.

Near the freeway entrance
I tried to keep certain thoughts at arm’s distance.
I watched a runaway kill snow with urine.

Above him, tiny birds
called out from their common nest.

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Lives of Son

Rob Schlegel The Center for Literary Publishing ePub

Dear Ash Tree, if my son
Cannot find his way
To this world

Replace that desire with limbs
Bending over the weight
Of red berries.

My chore will be a life of harvest
With cold hands. My mouth

A frozen pond
I pray the spring will thaw.

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A Boy Is Kicking the Stomach of a Dog

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Whose teeth remain private

Whose fate grows heavy this hour
In the morning’s frail logic

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The Snow Uncut Is a Field of Orphans

Rob Schlegel The Center for Literary Publishing ePub

Whose gardens are shielded with ice

Broken only
By the grosbeaks of winter

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