Monday, January 2, 2017

Two Octets from Failing St

failing st octet #1

alizarin camellias, their delicate
gold thread anthers, bloom then drop to sloping mud—

Oregon-grape staked to an iron pipe in
ragged grass by the street; evergreen glimmer

despite this overcast—ferns at the base of
a privacy fence blacken & rust—yellow

recycling tub amidst chestnut leaves’ decay
sits empty & mirrored within the puddle

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failing st octet #2

a gap between raindrops at first; catalpa
heart leaves have mostly fallen, leaving more space—

no one on the park’s basketball courts behind
heaped Chinese abelia; lights glowing tall

at 3:00 pm—upended blue wheelbarrow
seen through fence slats; aluminum ladder rests

tilted, not quite hidden behind trimmed privet:
raindrops fall closer & closer together

Jack Hayes
© 2016


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