This entry is part 34 of 55 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Spring 2012


Outside, the crickets’ evening chorus abates; the day’s
terrible appetites recede to the hum of almost distant traffic.

What muscled hate reaches out across the years and finds
blind targets against which to fling its poisoned arsenal?

One surface in every kitchen is nicked with marks: as though
the scene of regular practice for some circus impalement act.

The goal: to trace the body’s outline as it holds still; to throw
without shredding the air, to mark by merely a hair’s breadth.

A roll of the dice, a flick of the cards on the green velvet table.
Hands pass across stacked tiles, dividing the fauna and the seasons.


In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.

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One Reply to “Chance”

  1. “The unpurged images of day recede; / The emperor’s drunken soldiery are abed…”

    But I love the way you pull the poem back into quietness, the click of the mah jong tiles. It’s hard, when the noonday sun of hatred has been beating down, to lower the pitch.

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