Reflections upon an unmade bed

Again the morning finds the heart knotting
In the throat, between the ears, on the tongue

I used to wake up next to you – face beaming
With secret sacred joys; night’s velvet

Cloak still heating the hearth in your bosom
Before jealous sun could wipe off

Moonshine, stardust, dreambeam
Left of visitations by undeclared

Storied past each one seeking
Civil punctuation, truces to outlast

All longings as cooing of doves
On the window sill, messengers

Of a summer long gone…
Well the heart nudges me on now

Another morning, what remains
To unravel of a stubborn winter

See this?
I think sailors have no name for it yet


Collage © Ira Joel Haber

Collage © Ira Joel Haber


Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr. considers himself the official spiritual advisor of his roommates, Gordot and Dwight – the first a goldfish, the other a Turkish Van cat. Some forthcoming online and print, his works have been Editor’s Choice in The Poetry Magazine, and featured in the Moria Poetry Journal, Fogged Clarity, Everyday Poem, Loch Raven Review, The Buddhist Poetry Review, Shot Glass Journal, The Philippines Free Press, Troubadour 21, Full of Crow, Indigo Rising, Asia Writes, Triggerfish Critical Review, Troubadors 21, Gloom Cupboard, TAYO Literary Magazine, Haggard & Halloo, and elsewhere. His first book, A Fistful of Moonbeams, was published by Kilmog Press in April 2010. This year, Songs of My Mother, a collection of 5 of his poems called a Jog was published by WISH Publishing. He is busy anthologizing emptiness and boredom at the moment while working as an Academic Admissions Specialist somewhere in the land of camels and cactuses.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.