Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Poems

Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Poems

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The Blues

I must have wandered into the world

by pure accident

this isn't where I was going

this intermittent scrim of lavender-gray

these jazz riffs of rain.

What compass for the stations of the mind?

I sauntered in like a lost singer

who loves her cat

and solos at another midnight protest.

Please excuse my intrusion

on your temporary majority of one.

Where did I put my life?

The years of lemon tree epiphanies,

of monkshood, and larkspur.

I'm waiting for the light

rail of my future to arrive,

for my days to travel forward -

bright hours against all this blue.

Upala

from the Greek term opallios

which translates to "color change"

When we woke, our hair

had turned to white

and the pile of clothes -

the lake kept quiet

the dock further out

than we'd lived before

I heard the faraway voices -

of other students

now awake questions

trapezing through the air

like tuning keys

before a fugue

We didn't speak -

when my ring slipped

silver and blue

into the water below -

I knew it had vanished

along with the strength

to live on -

to accept another self

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Susan Rich (susanrich. …

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