Five Poems

Poetry
Richard Dinges, Jr.


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Loss

What can you know
of a woman who
mourns a tooth pulled
to decay, her mind
already in slow
dissolve, her diaries
read in absentia
spread into tight
spidery webs, words
lost in all that white
space hidden beneath
black unreadable
ink, that what you
remember last
is her brief spoken
grief for a tooth.

 

Garage

This small enclave
wrapped in tin nailed
to dead trees’ souls
smells of oil, gas,
and sweat, where I
toil to repair
what no longer
works, where I scrape
fingernails, skin,
calloused palms on
cold hard iron,
wrap myself in
their mysteries,
bring them to life,
to roar and belch
smoke, an exhaust
cloud that drifts in
trees and dead leaves,
air too fresh to breathe
mixed into my
hard day’s reward.

 

Friday Fish Fry

White paper plates,
styrofoam cups, dull
stainless steel forks
hold us together
across a multitude
of mouths. From food
queue to rows
of metal chairs
that fold open with
hollow finality, then
shoved against tables
hidden under white
cloths, we bend our heads
over mounds that steam
and shovel another
bite into our gaping
unsated appetites.

 

Trees’ Lives

Trees return in small hints of life,
dot gray skies at the end of each
twig, scatter into wind’s cold breath,
then settle again to calm growth.
Each compact bud contains a map
of the distant past, promises
of extraordinary bursts
into a verdant bright new life.

 

Windy

Wind is busy
wiping clean all
surfaces, dust from
leaves, gray from sky,
clouds, even those
that resemble
cotton stuffing
from plush toy bears,
images from
my eyes, printed
on memories
stuffed behind my
ears, where wind blows
what is left of my
hair in tiny
ripples of gray
around my head
wiped clean as the day
I drew my first
breath of this wind.

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Richard Dinges, Jr. has an MA in literary studies from University of Iowa, and no longer manages information systems at an insurance company. Home Planet News, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Westview, Pinyon, and Writers Bloc most recently accepted my poems for their publications. Email: rdinges[at]outlook.com

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