Shishir 2022 Poems - Thomas Piekarski


A Morning in May
By Thomas Piekarski


One misty mid-May morning
a row of roosters cock-a-doodled
across Fair Oaks Boulevard
holding up traffic.


Joggers in neon spandex tights
and kids on electric skateboards
commandeered bike lanes
throughout the city park.


Moms with plastic strollers
walked cheerily as babies cooed.


Liszt up there in the rafters
demolished a grand piano
pounding out bars
of his sensational Totentanz.


An attack in a cathedral
made headlines reporting
six lay dead and five wounded.


Whales swam sprightly
south to north as the season
approached inevitable surcease.


Worms grew old and expired.


Benign microbes
infused the air
pollinating minds
with rationales
for people to pursue
a path of salvation.



Indigo River

Neutrino in a nuclear reactor
I sped pedal to the metal
onto where I’d never know
for the reactor melted down
ere I completed my mission.


Stripped of night vision
I was forced to rely upon
fissured memory to stir
what senses persisted
that specific iteration.


Riven I thence cloned
alternate selves existing
exponentially, vanished
thought phantoms
treading tenuous time.


Thomas Piekarski from U.S. is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Poetry Quarterly, Literature Today, The Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Modern Literature, South African Literary Journal, Home Planet News, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, and others. His books of poetry are Ballad of Billy the Kid, Monterey Bay Adventures, Mercurial World, and Aurora California


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