Thursday, September 27, 2018

Russian Poets. by Dah


As a living ice block  
January’s heart
cares for nothing
like Russian poets  
lacking vodka or lovers

With the sky’s brutality  
blackbirds are beaten back
to the arthritic trees
by a wintertide of cruelty

Snowmen are corpses
breaking from graves,
snowflakes swirling   
like flies on death  

I hear the bone-dead
feeding on iced roots
a hopeless hunger
for incomplete journeys  

and the gates are shackled
the ground is hard
Death, an unfortunate freedom
Gumilev, Mandelshtam, Oleinikov …

O Russian poets
lacking vodka and lovers
O Russian poets
buried in ice blocks
O Russian poets





Dah’s seventh poetry collection is Something Else’s Thoughts (Transcendent Zero Press)
and his poems have been published by editors from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Spain,
Singapore, Philippines, Poland, Australia, Africa, and India. He is a Pushcart Prize and
Best Of The Net nominee and the lead editor of the poetry critique group, The Lounge.
Dah's eighth book is forthcoming in November 2018 from Flutter Press.

www.dahlusion.wordpress.com

10 comments:

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    1. Thank you, J.D.

      I'm happy that it resonates.

      Cheers,
      Dah

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    1. Remy,

      Thank you for reading and for the "love".

      Cheers,
      Dah

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  3. Wow excellent poignant ink full of great imagery. I felt moved by the entire poem.

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    1. Thank you, Eva, for this wonderful critique.
      I'm honored!

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    1. Sofia,

      I'm honored by your visit.
      Thank you for reading and for leaving this
      encouraging comment.

      DAH

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  5. “January’s heart cares for nothing like Russian poets lacking vodka or lovers”
    That line grabbed me.

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    1. This is the kid of feedback writers love.

      Thank you, Graye, for reading, for this comment.

      DAH

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