Charles Farrell © 2010 All Rights Reserved
Too Late Iím Blue
The skyís rolling around in my heart, swishing
its birdlessness in my head and Iím mapping the way
to the end of this
hour, the start of stairs
and a rip of light, the mark of time revving up.
Iíve got nothing to thank, thank
god, and a plane parting the clouds above me.
The doorís swinging out and the far skyís
humbugged by a storm thatíll never make it
to this moment, this la ti da. Iím taking
myself out to another long
stretch of silence, roarless heaven. Iím hurrying
away from here, eyes closed. Concentrating my heart
on the New York June in your clothes, a whiskey room
and weather in your ruined hair. Iíve got
your name and more on my mouth, miles
that arenít miles anymore. A borrowed bed,
the floorís crushed clothes,
a slick of moon at the footboard. Far into all of it, more
lines in the current
sky showing up. Then dissolving.
And in this air, everything
as it was, already is, without last
time or this time or the next anything. Then
the dayís end. And not
even a star burning through the trees. Or a breath inside this
rising rounded night. Still just door after door after door after door.
Itís Zipper On Your Shoulder And You Dancing
Today almost every boat,
untied, bears an ocean of light. Itís the hourís
start, the skyís time for fire.
The waves have been awake forever.
Earlier a watchman whispered
what he could hear himself saying to his wife
in a little while. And he whispered more
while his shoes, each one,
fell to his hand, then to the floor.
Now the empty cigarette
and candy wrappers swish, do the trick of talk,
and the dockís girly voice never really stops. No oneís
foot-tapping the waterís edge, looks like. Last night
lovers may have stopped at your window.
The cat, by then, asleep on your shifting shoulder. An arm floating,
backside, front side, a flash of cheekbone,
a leg lost in the shape of an unlit lamp, for a second
the whole room full
of just you, a twist of darkness,
an unfinished accompaniment to music
the waves keep stealing.
Copyright © 2010
Chris Youngís poems have appeared in Eclectica, Small Spiral Notebook, Stirring and other journals. Chris is a Pushcart nominee, a recipient of an artistís grant for poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council, and currently lives in Oregon.
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