“from Portraits of Imaginary Poets,” “St. Medard (bad weather),” “Unasked Questions” by Susan Cronin

“from Portraits of Imaginary Poets,” “St. Medard (bad weather),” “Unasked Questions” by Susan Cronin

from Portraits of Imaginary Poets

The gun’s unquestionable heft at odds
with the pink-stung silence—
devastation, either way,
an incomplete gesture—

(for a proper explanation,
the mind ever waiting—)

on the precipice
the gun under
a tiny waltz of wings,
a final indecipherable
note on the wind—

(the mind unvoiced,
till blown out
through one ear—)

“What, bird,
can you hear
that I have been denied?”

St. Medard (bad weather)

             horseless
                           sheltered by an eagle
                           shadowed by a storm cloud
                   reliquaries weeping with rainwater

Unasked Questions 

In the space 
where unasked questions
unfurl, faces upturned,
languid tongues lost
in a quiescent haze,
one’s heart could
stop (like a
clock) unanswered.

Susan Cronin studied at Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The New School, where she earned an MFA. Her poetry has appeared in a numerous journals including, most recently, Nashville Review, DMQ Review, Gingerbread House, Josephine Quarterly, Amethyst Arsenic, and indicia, and is forthcoming in Whiskey Island.


    
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