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Poem: “Back Behind The Fort”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

Back behind the fort

High on the ridge

The sun set quickly

On snow rimed peninsula

Leaving the bay behind

A palette of pinks & blues

Softly sparkling the water

And snow turning colors

Even as we turned

To escape the bitter wind

Off Nantasket Sound.

We laughed at this view

Wondering how far below

Our destinies lay

With the sea heavy

Lying in wait for real estate.

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Poem: “You Jest My Friend”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

You jest my friend

To think I am laughing,

For in truth I am deep

In a year of remembrance

And remorse as deep as nails,

Struck to the heart of things

Where life and death pass

One into the other,

So much so that change

Is blurred by vivid ache,

And hope expires in stale air

Foul as the breath of mushrooms

Whose poisonous seeds cloud

The low caves where your eyes

Once glowed inside a skull crushed,

By ambition’s maniac arc,

Drowning now into…

A pit of slime & pointlessness.

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Poem: “Grunts and Groans”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

Grunts and groans

Sighs and moans

Stiff-legged walk—

Cold water to face

Toothbrush in a race

Don’t forget to cough

And yank the hot & cold

Beyond the window wide

The birds gather with pride

All the answer have I none

Stick a fork in me I’m done

Maybe you’re good & fleet

But I am dead under foot

There goes the wifely shuffle

The days begin with usual hustle

Don’t say there’s no pain

Like Chinese torture

Out in the rain

One more drop to the brain.

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Poem: “Please…”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

Note publication of my poem on Monhegan Commons for Dec. 9, 2009: click on poetry tab, poem entitled, “Island Pond Has Frozen”.

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Please…

Don’t raise the shade

My eyes are asleep

In their caverns

Silent in darkness

With no images

But my mind

Awakening in fear

Of a full day

Of scorching lamps

High in the sky

Or over my left shoulder

Bringing to light

A reality much debated

Where no one agrees

And everyone cheats

To make it right again.

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Poem: “Ice and Fog”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

Ice and fog

And thaw

Drip the landscape.

Mystery, it must be,

With detectives

Prowling in hip boots,

Their flashlights darting

Into crevices—

For what lost soul

Or now…body:

Decomposing into hideous grin,

A front tooth with diamond.

Clearly not a crime of property,

Observes a cocksure eye.

Note well, the indefinable fading:

Bloodless white tissue of frost.

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Poem: “Snow, Sleet, Ice”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

Snow, sleet, ice

Thawed, frozen again

Into sheets bubbled

With air from last week—

Dusted lightly

With snow confection

Upon which the booted foot

Flies without resistance

To moon surface heights

While the padded coat

Wheels horizontal

The hooded head

Cranes forward

In the instant flash

Between sky and ground

The concussion follows

With the shock of pain.

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Poem: “Convention Dictates”, notebooks, Jim Stallings

Convention dictates

He began…

And then lost his way.

Reprehensible, his buddy said,

Have you no respect?

Given the sacrifices

You’re an ungrateful

Despicable aspersion—

All good words.

The blinking customer said,

So don’t push me.

Reporting you as you are

Will bring repercussions

That may scar eardrums.

You don’t listen, do you?

The damage is already done.

 

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