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October 31, 2014 / barton smock

mid psalm

not played
it is having
a vision
you cannot
see

-

someone knows the someone

who says aloud

piano

-

into poverty’s
overthought
ear

god
puts death

-

I am
than pity
sooner

to my son

-

in every gravestone
a dog
of stone

lazes
loyally

as word
choice

skips

-

rope

-

in one

window, a shopworn
stroller
with a more
cerebral
destination
than decay

exemplifies
the seller’s
push

to mirror…

October 31, 2014 / barton smock

how the still recall the poor

when saying her name, mother would insist the curse words were silent. for swallowing secrets, father had his throat professionally cut. I remember wiping my nose with a shirt darker than blood. instead of good washrags, we had words brought about by having company. mother ran wild through my sentences while father bent to kiss a pillow for sleeping with my stomach. apocalypse came and came. the act was the act’s debut.

October 30, 2014 / barton smock

debut

the mechanics of the beheading begin in isolation.

exiled from what it bumps into, a form
aches
for scarecrow.

my mother’s dream doesn’t burn.

October 30, 2014 / barton smock

(poem, woman as prayer, up at Words Dance, a place down with being good)

the fine publication, Words Dance, has posted a poem of mine: woman as prayer. no kneeling, please.

http://wordsdance.com/2014/10/woman-as-prayer-by-barton-smock/

October 29, 2014 / barton smock

between fathers and sons

is it okay
to rename
a lost
dog?

October 29, 2014 / barton smock

fascinations of the upright

above
a ramshackle
transmitter

is my father’s
bright
mind.

the angel’s mouth is a mouth to feed.

a man
packs a baby
in snow.

October 29, 2014 / barton smock

god of tomorrow

he is born without stones in his hands. she waits with him outside the mother. the mother is their belief her history supports. speech is a passing back and forth of names dogs don’t have. before they desired stones, they’d egg the front of my jeans. the pair

I wore.

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