the rise and fall of light

by Madeline Lamb

each sunny mechanic
wrapped in itself as I,
warm yellow birds.
your back in silhouette
at my sooty door.
five fingers and a palm.
In each print,
a polaroid of James,
left in grit on my wall.


Author's Note: He's gone.

Posted on 05/24/2010
Copyright © 2023 Madeline Lamb

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 05/24/10 at 03:08 PM

Weird and beautifully written.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/20/14 at 04:42 PM

I love the use of the different kinds of light bulbs in this, the "warm yellow birds" is terrific, the word "delume", the "polaroid of James," the many, many meanings one can take from the title. Congrats on POTD!

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