Sunday, January 10, 2016

Two Poems - Mike Foldes

The best time to read poetry

So, when is the best time to read Poetry?
In the morning, I think, when mind
is clear as the sky at night, dark space
to be filled with the light of Poetry’s fire.
Where else can one find inspiration
set like a lens over the wandering eye?
The focus, there, is on the meaning behind
the words, the float a lender takes between
sleep and dream, that willfully unconscious,
self-inflicted unguent of parallelism.
In the afternoon, I think, when the words
like rain settles dust settle doubt
raised in rooms of ambition and conflict.
We are strung like amber beads in the thread
from breakfast table to work, and home again.
At night, in blue chair’s pocket beside stones
warm from the hiss and crackle of orange flame.
And, wherever one is astride the jealous universe
whose hands cup the beating heart
dripping sparks into mouths of caves,
the existential uterus where
galaxies and amnesia mix
in sweet harmonics that direct
the dance of mating dragonflies.

leave me alone

the beauty of the land,
i think from the edge of the road
between cut cliffs that rise
left and right, a man-made crevice
clefting the horizon,
is the freedom they evince.

an elder shepherd rugged
as the land admires
snow-covered peaks, takes
comfort knowing it is his land;
he has learned to live with it
hand to mouth, mother and moth.

i walk into the morning mist,
a low-hanging cloud
that scrapes the earth
like a zeppelin’s belly
scrapes treetops,
breathe deeply my damp air.

i love this dreary december
that feels like october.
am as refreshed by it
as the man on horseback
is refreshed by a calm cold
sea of stars in a desert sky.

leave me alone, each of us
says soundlessly. leave me
alone to live the life
i’ve been given. i made this
choice before i was born.
leave me. let me alone.

Mike Foldes

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These poems originally appeared in the French magazine Francopolis

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Mike Foldes is the founder and managing editor of Ragazine, an online literary magazine. He is also the author of "Sleeping Dogs, A true story of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping," and "Sandy: Chronicles of a Superstorm," with artist Christine Devereaux." 
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