Outcroppings of Crows
Somewhere in these high fields
and outcroppings of crows
you may finally find the moments
which will embolden and underscore your life;
sweet skies swirling,
tufts of cotton grass
and if wishing won’t make it so
how are you making any of this happen?
Your engine is incompatible
with your motives;
it’s taken you nowhere
except up the hillside and down again
as colossal shadows descend
upon the base of your convictions.
You have many means of perceiving reality,
of seeing skirmishes in melted snow:
the casual dismissal of burden,
the fiftieth fetus in your uterus,
waking to find a hand between your legs;
attached, but not your own.
Medicine and feigned altruism
become the oppression of the last creators
and as others sacrifice themselves for you—
it’s almost like none of this ever happened.
A morning of chalcedony clouds
and lavender light
and your dream inhabits me
like a leaflet of gloss,
a gallery of radiant stems
freckled milk of almond,
the taste of sacramental bread.
and condemn us
for this casual reverie
even if it remains an internal ascent
rising past copper-green steeples
and carven gates
above shriveled saplings
domes of purple granite
and cliffs of opaque glass.
There remains a lingering reality
in fingers that so steadily point
at what they say they deny
but actually want to be near
Threnody for Camilla
I can feel the presence of your will
the warmth of your distant sounds
in the place where you’ve gone
a house in the high mist
quiet cobblestone pathways
between temples and colonnades
the taste of wine from the moon-tree.
All the wonders of the unseeable world.
And here I remain.
The dreamer who falls in dreams
and lives on as a whistling sigh;
the sound of swatting flies
on a solid chair in an abstract room.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.