A Hundred Gourds 4:3 June 2015

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Bayou Country

late August
the parade heats up
with the second line

between two strangers

bayou country
best gumbo in town
under the overpass

casting from the levee
a line through sunset

a fortune teller
turns tarot cards near
the shadow of Jesus

nowhere to wade
the churning Mississippi

cool evening stroll
along Frenchman’s Street
hot jazz

the cobblestones
or a last Hurricane

Peter Newton (Massachusetts, USA)
& Kathe L. Palka (New Jersey, USA)

The Weight of Snow

winter rain
sinking in
to different depths

cold seeps
into old bones

slate sky
the weight of snow
in the air

chanting all the unknowns
TV weather gurus

sideways snow
the ocean
gives us a little taste

flashbacks of summer
in a saltwater taffy

winter in the burbs
the storm’s quiet broken
by snow blowers

we thank the power company
for this candle-light dinner

mid-winter thaw—
deep in the periwinkle
one purple star

a poet's passing
words feed a stranger's grief

estranged brother
an eye on the weather
in his part of the world

at the abandoned house
a crocus blooms through snow

Peter Newton, Massachusetts, USA
& Kathe L. Palka, New Jersey, USA

Composed via email over the winter of 2013-2014

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