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.


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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