Love and Death; or, Plague Sonnet

He holds the umbrella over both of their heads As she stumbles in roseate rainlight, Kicking her Mary Janes among the dead. The umbrella is school-colored: red and white. Their world history teacher had wept red tears, So they walked home before the end of the day. A girl resembling his sister appears, A rictus … Continue reading Love and Death; or, Plague Sonnet

Occult Diptych, for the Children’s Room

[My amateurish dabbling in formal poetry continues with two more villanelles. Something about the restriction and repetition leads one on to these legendary-fantastical themes that are otherwise not to my taste. Maybe there is a future in YA verse?] The Seer The seer hears the pulse flutter under the stone. As a boy he bundled … Continue reading Occult Diptych, for the Children’s Room