Posted tagged ‘the planks of the back yard picnic table poem’


December 11, 2015



What can I write of?
That I remember the blood red of the planks of the back yard picnic table
that Celeste sat upon, Celeste who stretched to the skies when I was small and measured myself by
brick walls.

How is life so sad and yet so ample?
Fernandez who spoke to Wallace Stevens
cannot help me,
only the dusk with its mustards and blues can say
anything and it insists

that I am beautiful, and that you
are beautiful too–

And that, honestly,
does not correspond to
the blink of
a letter,
rather to the word “mainly”
and “plants”,
and, also, maybe, “green,”
but only that green that is no longer
green as night falls, and the”‘mainly” that means
and the plants that will grow
even if no one visits our graves,
the ones with the frayed
fronds that remember us
as birds and our flight
as directional–

yes, those; yes, that

A poem of sorts.  Unprompted.