Untitled (tonight we swell)

tonight we swell
like bark on tree boles:
summer dark curls around
street signs, the foolish

picket fence with one rail missing, the man
standing as if strapped
to it all. a small wind

frumps & fusses
like a meddlesome aunt. sap

blows through the roots to the stems;
you fill me

the way a door

fills its frame

© 2004 by William Orem. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.

Bio: William Orem’s first novel, Zombi, You My Love, won the GLCA New Writers Award. His poetry and fiction have appeared in over 45 different publications, and he has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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