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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