"Gravity Abhors a Room Full of Vacuum" - Joey Connolly

 
 
"Gravity Abhors a Room Full of Vacuum" - Joey Connolly
[dedicated to Kay Ryan, American poet laureate]

well its up the stairs and back down the stairs
goes the mini mind, mighty mouse, and souse
running wild inside outside who cares
what they have left now is an empty house
first there is none then there is more nothing
string theory, dark energy, and dark matter
upstairs angel choirs on pinheads sing
suckers deprived as memory banks get fatter
a vacuum between each neural synapse
as billions exist in comfort and death
coming and going they succeed and lapse
with inhale and exhale of every breath
cosmic Electrolux and Hoover salesman
each has a vacuum and a vacuous plan

"Journey to Embarkation" - Bob Ambrose

 
 
"Journey to Embarkation" - Bob Ambrose
 
Midnight rains have stopped for now
and veils of mist envelop trees. Soft
textures of darkness hover beyond
        the pale reach of streetlight
that bathes the last bus stop
                out of Daejeon.

Late night truths come veiled in signs.
A white dog emerges from shadow,
makes his mark then passes on
        and leaves me emptied
on the path of pilgrims now
                at peace with night.

Though dawn lies distant, far beyond
my closed horizons bright midmorning
showers light, I must have faith  
        for here I am, wayfaring
stranger, watching forms
                in drifts of fog.

Too soon the rains will return
and the lullaby tap of wipers
will sooth intermittent sleep
        through the last
empty hours of night
                in a far country,

And my bus will plow steady
to causeway’s end
beyond the mudflats
        where sea and sky
merge, gray and indistinct
                at Incheon.

My brothers, we are bodies
becoming spirit, forever drifting 
mid-transit. We are always
        awaiting embarkation.
We have always already
                arrived.
 
 
Journey to Embarkation is published by Parson's Porch Books and is Bob Ambrose's first collection of poetry. Bob's website is Reflections in Poetry. All profits from Parson's Porch Books are shared with the poor.

"Just Another Vigil" - Charley Seagraves

 
 

"Just Another Vigil" - Charley Seagraves

Just another sad, sad vigil
where the pious pray
that all this will someday end,
and the names of the dead are read,
and candles are lit,
and tears are shed,
and there is a moment of deafening silence
as we stand, conflicted, confused,
seething with anger
at yet another act of horrific violence.

Just another day of grief and sadness
as we mourn together
acts of hubris and insanity,
mindless madness
that gnaws away at our humanity,
and we cry out into the abyss,
or appeal to the Creator,
numb, our hearts breaking,
knowing there will be yet another vigil
sooner rather than later.

REMINDER: Word of Mouth returns to Wednesday in July!

 
 
 
WORD OF MOUTH
returns to
WEDNESDAY
in JULY!
 
The next open mic
will be
 
WEDNESDAY JULY 6
 
sign-up for open mic
at 7 PM
readings begin at 8 PM
 
July's featured reader:
 
Greg de Rocher


REMINDER: Word of Mouth returns to Wednesday in July!

REMINDER
 
 
 
WORD OF MOUTH
returns to
WEDNESDAY
in JULY!
 
The next open mic
will be
 
WEDNESDAY JULY 6
 
sign-up for open mic
at 7 PM
readings begin at 8 PM
 
July's featured reader:
 
Greg de Rocher


"Outdoor Lecture on Locust Husks" - Gregory de Rocher

 
 

"Outdoor Lecture on Locust Husks" - Gregory de Rocher 

Observe that, to molt, cicadas pick pine bark.
Try to hear the atrophied shells crack with glee during the din.
You will notice that, unlike the massive and elastic films
Clouding and covering human speech,
These fragile chambers vibrate with precision
Long after the flight of the soul to greening groves.
Singleton discovered that their renascent voices
Rehearse again and again this same raspy tale while,
By some natural accord, the marooned hulls, still,
Still register strains recalling our own spirit,
Unable to keep its place because it learned
There is dear little hope of molting
When the skeleton is within.


Gregory de Rocher is July's featured reader at Word of Mouth, Wednesday July 6. Open mic sign-up is at 7 pm and readings begin at 8 pm upstairs at The Globe, corner of Clayton and Lumpkin Streets in downtown Athens.