Poem by Don Mager


 

September Journal: Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dangling its broken mismatched giant
spider legs, this now sprawls out on its
gangly tomato ropes. They drape from t
he wires that braced their climb to the sun.
They stare at the sprinkle of dry leaves
on the dry lawn. Their amnesia
is compete. The strong green shoots. Blank. Their
furry leaves. Blank. Their scramble up the
trellis and mustard bright blooms. Blank. The
blood blush of their large fruit and lusty
crimson juice. Blank. The lingering hard
green balls. Blank. They stare down at the gray
unblemished unresponsive after-
noon patch of lawn—with Alzheimer eyes

 

 

Don Mager’s chapbooks and volumes of poetry are: To Track the Wounded One, Glosses, That Which is Owed to Death, Borderings, Good Turns, The Elegance of the Ungraspable, Birth Daybook, Drive Time and Russian Riffs. He is retired with degrees from Drake University (BA), Syracuse University (MA) and Wayne State University (PhD). He was the Mott University Professor of English at Johnson C. Smith University from 1998-2004 where he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters (2005-2011). As well as a number of scholarly articles, he has published over 200 poems and translations from German, Czech and Russian. He lives in Charlotte, NC.

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