Poetry Roundup


Stretch a slim
finger from
the knot
in the bone
to the white
key, black key

Plunk Click

Stretch a knot
from the string
out and out
through vibrating
reed to make

Pluck and
Dither and

Knot after
knot after knot.

From heart
To bone.

I don’t play keys I play notes.
Tone after tone after tone after tone.

October 30, 2009

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Ten angstrom.
500 or so
give measure
to the length light—

But what
matters the measure
of a nanometer
when the scientist is out of sight?

November 6, 2009

– – – – – – – – – – – – –

The Past

I am organizing my house,
Now, where to put the past?

In the cellar?
In the attic?
In the trash?

Should I drown it
In the swimming pool, or bury it
beneath the garden out back?

How does one honor the past,
Like a dead ancestor,
But not let it covet for long,
Like an unwanted houseguest?

How does one keep hold on the past?

Make it dance.

May 18, 2009

-Melissa Ann Sweat


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