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Issue 10: October 2021
Poem: 112 words [R]
By Patricia Nelson

Morgan Remembers

 
From the blue of a bog 
the vision unwinds: 
a shining, improbable horse, 
a long, awkward man. 

Arthur, holding his wishes 
like untidy roses. 
Like a color that opens 
the odor of light. 

My brother, in the glow 
some dreadful angel made—
made it out of boredom 
or because he could—
twisting it into a world 
that doesn’t love it. 

Once he was smaller, nearer. 
A child with glimmering fears, 
and tall bright enemies. 
A boy in a sky so high and gray 
it shook with strangeness. 

A fragile boy who could not help 
but whisper to the light. 
And to every thing that flickers 
longing onward like a river. 

 

 

—Published previously in the poet’s most recent book, In the Language of Lost Light (Poetic Matrix Press, 2021); appears here with her permission.

Patricia Nelson
Issue 10, October 2021

is a retired attorney who worked for many years with the “Activist” group of poets led by Lawrence Hart and John Hart in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her most recent book is In the Language of Lost Light (Poetic Matrix Press).

 
 
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