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Chicagoetry: Mercury In Retrograde


Heart full of dew
and cinemas;
the contraption of memory
autumn leaves turn to gems
and gazelles.

Under-appreciated oak and elm
transmogrify into blazing festivals

and suburban lanes
become shattered rainbows.

Heart full of ruined clues,
I attempt a modest sketch
with the tip of a scimitar

and the ash
of twenty years
of incinerated journals.

I wish to suggest the glow
of stars and jewels
with the detritus
of unrelenting failure

and ceaseless humiliation,
forge a dew-drop diamond
from this crucible of agony.

I declare this week
the autumn of my life!
I dare my weak heart
to forgive itself, perhaps

treat itself to a silent movie
with an animated short
composed of silver sketches.

I celebrate the clatter
of my antique projector
and the damp of the shroud
on the abandoned pipe-organ,

lucid unto the fleeting images
beamed across the crimson dusk,
gazelle upon gazelle,

scimitar after scimitar,

each a jeweled clue,
each a ruined adieu.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


More Tindall:

* Chicagoetry: The Book

* Ready To Rock: The Music

* Kindled Tindall: The Novel


Posted on October 18, 2012

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