Dang! Take that!
Dang! Take that!
Dang nuisance. Pests. Swarming around my head,
Distracting. Annoying. They won’t go away,
And won’t come together.
“Peeling back the artichoke, savoring the meat…”
“Reflecting in the pond, your face becomes my own…”
“Blowtorch rolling down I-10, grasshoppers frying in the pan…”
“You are my soul, torn from my heart one cruel summer night…”
"There once was a three-legged frog, in a hole in a hickory log…”
“Morning sun dancing on dew-drenched fronds…”
Shut out the noise.
There is no music in my soul today;
The chorus taunts me.
“So gather in the dark of night and circle round my bed…”
“If Miss Pickel lived in Galena,
And Ana Tase dined on rutile, would Brookite be there,
And would anyone care
That Ty Tanium led for a while…”
“My mouth full of ashes, my heart washed with tears…”
“Our hands pressed against the glass, never touching…”
“Staring at the sun, I never saw you passing,
yet heard the echo of your loneliness…”
“The saddest words are those I never spoke…”
“The nearness of you kindles joy and new light; my soul ascends…”
“How can this be, that time has no meaning…”
“The eyes look, and I see the world;
"The mind considers, and I understand the truth;
Still the heart yearns, and my dream beckons.”
Dang nuisance, like teenage kids:
Unruly, unformed, don’t say what they mean,
With years of missteps before they mature.
from "Swatting Gnats", 2012
Ancient Eagle Press
Each month Ancient Eagle Press offers a poem appropriate to the season or the mood of our editorial staff. Poems may be new or drawn from existing AEP editions.
Where Old Fliers Come to Roost
Poem of the Month
February 2019 -- To My Valentines, Past and Future
January 2019 -- I'll Never Say Goodbye
December 2018 -- Graandpa
November 2018 -- Meditation
October 2018 -- Benediction
September 2018 -- Passages
August 2018 -- Feeding the Beast
July 2018 - One Can Have Knowledge...
June 2018 -- The Unsinkable Molly Drown
May 2018 -- Advice to my Grandson
April 2018 -- Awaiting Idunn
March 2018 -- Flight
February 2018 -- Lakesong
January 2018 -- Schrödinger's Cat
December 2017 -- Daybreak
October 2017 -- Night Watch
September 2017 -- The Princess
August 2017 - Pelham
July 2017 -- Siena
June 2017 -- Loyal, Straight, and True
May 2017 -- A Thousand Flowers
April 2017 -- Oboe Rap
March 2017 - March Madness
February 2017 -- The Cost of Doing Business
January 2017 -- Reflection at a Winter Window
December 2016 -- The Creation
November 2016 -- Hemolymph Moon
October 2016 -- Vortex
September 2016 -- Do You?