in the street of the sky…

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in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems 
e e cummings

like a drunk
looking for his keys
in a parking lot

pulling
pockets
over

the sleepers
the snorers

inhale
the …………scattered………….lines

catch

the back of their throats

and they’re dreaming
candles
conflagrations
mirrors and oceans

and death rattling the door
yelling shut-the-fuck-up.


Image: Civic building (now largely abandoned), Wollongong, NSW. A quadrille for imaginary garden with real toads inspired by the  ee cummings’ poem The Hours Rise Up Putting Off Stars And It Is     and  also published on dverse Open Link Night where Grace is hosting.

23 thoughts on “in the street of the sky…

  1. I love the way the stark form reflects the starkness of the scene, Peter, and the realistic brutality of ‘death rattling the door / yelling shut-the-fuck-up’. The middle section reminds me a little of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood with the sleepers
    ‘…dreaming
    candles
    conflagrations
    mirrors and oceans’.

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  2. This is incredibly potent ❤ love the imagery in this poem especially; “and they’re dreaming
    candles conflagrations mirrors and oceans and death rattling the door.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. 😊

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  3. the interrupted rhythm adds to the whole vision of this poem – which makes the flow of this verse a kind of relief – like entering dream sleep and leaving the reality behind

    “and they’re dreaming
    candles
    conflagrations
    mirrors and oceans”

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  4. I love what you did in the center — with the spacing. Excellent piece.

    “inhale
    the …………scattered………….lines

    catch

    the back of their throats”

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  5. I like the ending, Peter. Not really an end but the beginning of more troubles with the introduction of Death. I’ve not read much of cummings but it vibrates here with what I read. Poems, but I did read his “The Enormous Room” and liked that. I must read more poems.
    ..

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