Transparent Words - Poetry


Gary Blankenship


Song of Myself #1 - Contralto

Song of Myself #2 - Carpenter



Song of Myself #1 - Contralto


1.  The pure contralto sings in the organ loft,


the wind chases a sycamore leaf

the river flows past abandoned battlefields

the reverend seeks different verse for his Sunday sermon


ravens gather on the steeple,

badgers under the porch,

the soprano joins in


a hallelujah chorus

sunflowers seed a fence line

rye ripples in the shadow of headstones



Song of Myself #2 - Carpenter


2.  The carpenter dresses his plank . . . . the tongue of his foreplane whistles its wild ascending lisp,


curls for pews thrown off by my plane

gathered in my daughter’s skirt


sawdust thrown off by my saw

swept into bags


red curls adorn my daughter’s hair

cedar sawdust fills eggshell white sacks


her hope chest empty

she elopes with a poet who stutters


hope fulfilled

she runs off with a tin whistle drummer




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