Happy Anniversary and Desire (Two Poems)

All I ask is that you read these aloud. Gerard Manley Hopkins would say that his “verse is less to be read than heard.” The same goes for the two poems below.

If these poems don’t please your ears and tongue, then forget them; but if they are melodic first and meaningful second, they will have performed well, and I will sleep through the night.


Happy Anniversary

Well, this cab tastes like cork,

(the cork had broke apart
When the key, like a bird,
Shoved its beak through the stop
And severed off the top)

But can I pour you more?


Desire

Abrasions, bright
on flesh
-y whites
Or like water
(salty),
gargled

 

Cropped image by Marc Roberts via Flickr. 

Joseph Cunningham

Joseph is a featured Humane Pursuits columnist. He works as a marketer in West Chester, PA, and writes music, articles, and the occasional short story.

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