Sentinel Poetry (Online) #44  

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POETRY & GRAPHICS...since 2002

ISSN 1479-425X Editor: Amatoritsero Ede                                                            

 

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Janet Somerville

 

Blackberry Picking

 

 Weathered plants thirty years old

stretch through shallow soil

on Canadian Shield

 

Black lanterns

hang suspended from thorny stalks

in early August

 

Fruit the size of thumbnails

hides from greedy fingers

stained sticky indigo

 

Ripe berries

plink plonk plink

the tin bottom

 

A chalice held again

by three-year-old hands

 

 

Elegy for Doolin

 

Bronte mourns

throws back her spotted head

 

curly chocolate ears hanging

pink and brown lips pursed

 

 howls her outrage

at the moon the sun the stars

 

 the snow beyond the bay window

mute witness to her lamentation

 

 she tries another tactic

worries away a patch of her paw

 

 until it bleeds the loss

of her canine companion

 

 

 

Imprisoned in the Galleria dell’Accademia

 

under a vaulted glass dome

Michelangelo’s David stands

his carved veins throb with life

 

bely bloodless carrara circuitry;

marble muscles flex and relax

he shifts his heft to his right hip

 

his slingshot blithely draped

over his left shoulder

gazing pensively across the Arno

 

he contemplates the weight

of the smooth stone

palmed in his heavy right hand

 

 

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