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Something Unfolds In The Distance

August 27, 2010 1 comment

from Alchemy and Atrophy by Tim Lockridge

Some days you say the word meadow
and the meadow is not actually
a meadow but the memory of someone
you haven’t heard from in years and now

her voice unwinds in your answering
machine. And her voice is a nest
of poppy seeds and her words are pollen
and you realize this when the sun splits

the window and you only want to fold
your hands and let doves loose in the snow.
And your hands are sidewalks that miss
the kiss of her skirt-hem each morning

and you imagine a city block, her daily
walk: cafe, newsstand, parking meter.
And there’s a lull in her speech, a pause
in her plea and here you build a new

rendition of the past: untilled fields
and buildings unbuckling. You consider
confession, maybe admit your heart
is a plastic bag and your desire a streetlight.

Or is your desire the autobahn? No
matter. You erase the message and spin
dials on the stove, bring water to boil.
Your mind is clover covered, your thoughts

are worn fence posts—your desire:
long mornings that sink into noon.


First appeared in Mid-American Review, Vol. XXIX, No. 2 (Spring 2009).

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Tim Lockridge’s poetry has recently appeared in Passages North, DIAGRAM, The Cimarron Review, and many other literary journals. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

A Brief Meditation on Movement

June 22, 2008 1 comment

I fell from the cliffs to the sea
of arms to the foam of hands

to the spaces of cities like cities
could ever do something, could

ever be more than a story or store
where we waited through winter

for a certain street vendor
and stood at the edges of statues

and sculptures and pointed
at water, the shape of water

in the place of a place we once
took a taxi through patterns

of people, through movements
of bodies, the firework nights

like a furnace above us,
the clang and rattle of hours

like a river, the hem of a river
that remembers the swish

of the cliffs, of the hands,
the falling, the feeling

of falling, of finding
there’s nothing

but nothing beneath.

by Tim Lockridge

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