Po­etry Call­ing

(For Pa­trick O’Con­nell)

Prairie Fire - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - ARTHUR ADAMSON

my friend Pa­trick has space enough

an apart­ment with two mod­est rooms

an in­ner song a tele­phone

con­nected to friends and the voices of night

words are like a flower’s breath

a so­lace won from ghosts of time

his grow­ing peace is that re­lease

of the voice un­coil­ing

from the silent con­tem­pla­tion

of so many in­ti­mate dis­as­ters

the way he splits the dark

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