Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Homeward, under Congregated Cloud

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Homeward, under Congregated Cloud

Article excerpt

I

Crowds of clouds patrol their mansion

in this sky, inkblots of heartbreak,

congregations of Rorschach souls, losses in mist;

the mightiness one feels in the past. Homeward,

we leave behind those lakes of the East,

brimful in grass, that flooded the watertable feelings.

A house with a white, afterthought room,

under triangle of roof, proposes paradigm people:

Sunday school folk, rectilinear, who thought

a mistake in addition a sinfully bad business.

Now they roam from Clyde Philips Seafood

and help us salvage these relics from the flood -

celery, fetishes of lettuce, a weekend ended.

We speed into narrowing vees of pines

where roadside boles flicker by like the years

as our future pulls apart from the past.

The flounder stuffed in our cooler will be

almost as good as that last evening,

with grown son Jim, Martha and Christian. …

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