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Chicagoetry: Rain of Light Clear as Christ

Rain of Light Clear as Christ

I remain stuck in my labyrinth,
odd corners of Hell.

My feelings defy my aspirations.
I can breathe and I can sweat but I cannot

I've got three hundred dollars and I'm instinctively looking
toward the Caribbean.

It can be very exciting when
I get the formula right.
I'm serious.

Formulae? Latin, anyone?
We had it in high school
as an "Elective." Good one!

Dear God: can you imagine
the sturm und drang?!
Three hundred dollars

when I'm not depressed!
SHIT! Liberation!
Like flunking out

of Latin,
odd corner
of Hell.

I speak out of turn.
I am showing my wounds.
The wind rooms.

I persist with my Caribbean formulae,
the twists and wounds, wait, winds of each and every day.
I get it. The wind rears, there is lust

in the room, in the wind.
That's me, again, of course.
Wind is void.

The wind roooms, it's onomatopoeia.
Surely: the wind vrooms and we project,
I get it.

There is rust in the loom, it's a scratching
sound. A warm sea is encumbered
by hiss.

I invest my money and make a killing.
Nobody knows nothing.
I am talking about a killing.

Those People?! Who cares what I wrought?!
Who cares who writhes?
This is strictly business.

Like a bullet of rain,
like a clear, crystal stain

Everything I held dear.


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


More Tindall:

* Music: MySpace page

* Fiction: A Hole To China

* Critical biography at


Posted on April 19, 2010

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