I’ve colonized your outer planets
with grand expressions
and dark portals of insanity.
Mercifully, April prays uncontained
as the sun falls distinctly
in tremulous waves below the horizon
and your discrete aspects are revealed;
lithe hills of ebony, chiseled wings,
and weeping telescopes of imperfection.
You were the dirty child
wandering the boneyards of dead streets,
a shredded web of emptiness
generating the machinery of thought,
as if they were flyaway moons
and given all that we’ve been
how can you say you’ll never cavort again
gathering figs around
this silent exultation of earth.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.