A CHARMING CREMATION
I look out at snow on our neighbor’s roof,
flakes huddled together before they die.
Even long winters are ephemeral.
though a frigid February is tough
to like. Spring, here’s a question for you—why
are you taking so long to arrive? Dull
ground needs to fire up bulbs and seeds, enough
sun to cremate winter, ash rising high.
to see cosmos,
The flower starts out
white, the edge
The sun hops
on my shoulders,
not heavy at all.
Painting by Oskar Kokoschka
My dad, born in 1926, a year
like a mandrill let loose in a living room.
Vice President Dawes wrote
“It’s All in the Game” which the mandrill
sang to a bright red sandbox.
In three years the house crumbled.
Dollar bills shivered,
no one to feed them. Not even
the mandrill whose hairy kisses
covered hundreds of abandoned cars.
Editor's Note: Here is "The Mandrill" by Oskar Kokoschka.
Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), and Uneven Steven (Assure Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Lavender Fire, Lavender Rose is forthcoming from Brick/House Books.