3 Skinny Poems for Your Thoughts: Poetry by Christopher Alexander Gellert

“It being summer,” “All this about the weather, or the light in the morning” & “P.S.”

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It being summer

 

i

 

Expect men to murder other men

with greater need,

SALT PEANUTS and

women. In winter

men take life by the hand

and drop it.

 

Subways bump

to cut breath.

 

ii

 

It being summer,

sex parades

where there are beaches,

where there are not,

order it :

 

At the bar,

with a twist.

In a box, from a fox.

 

Clink the ice in your glass

enough times

for the kid at the end of the bar

to polish your leer.

 

Rocks turn to puddles.

 

iii

 

Why are you clothed?—

save on the electric bill.

 

In winter, no need

for the jeer of window-shades.

 

 

iv

 

It being summer,

there’s ice-cream.

 

 

 

 

All this about the weather,

or the light in the morning

 

i.

 

Once garrulous at a party,

I met a very plain girl,

sniffed.

 

She went on:

“Oh, how

it rains ! I was soaked

through ! On the way to the car

I lost my keys

in a puddle ! ! !”

 

She ! had not even dropped

Kierkegaard. I —

never having read him.

felt cheated

even by her dry blouse.

 

ii.

 

Fall gone—

 

This morning the snow

arrived, kind visitor,

 

an appointment in Alberta,

he said,

not so many scheduled anymore—

time enough for coffee.

 

Little could have made me happier.

Well–

a woman’s breath undressing,

steam and glass.

 

I cradle heat,

set it on a saucer,

abandon it on the still.

 

There on the ledge,

light drifts through

cold beds.

 

 

 

 

P.S.

 

Because

there is always something

else, and it is never

 

 

 

Good enough. Because

 

you had to be clever

and rhyme. Delight

in penning your own epitaph,

address it to friends.

(unhappy mime)

 

Please be honest.

 

 

 

Do cherries blossom

outside of windows ?

I have heard.

 

 

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Christopher Alexander Gellert teaches English in a professional institute in Chile. His piece “Nights of Sleeping” appeared in Belleville Park Pages Nº 35, and “Chopping Onions” appears in their online pages. His critical essays also appear on Soonest Mended (soonestmended.com). Gellert studied literature at NYU, where he wrote an undergraduate thesis on the relationship between the hero’s vocation as a writer in Proust’s La Recherche du temps perdu and movement in food throughout the work. The summer after a year studying in Paris, he also received a grant to write two twin stories, variations in the palate of language, traduttore traditore.  


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