Two Poems

by Jan Wiezorek

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Mourning

Sad wires
have set themselves
to humming in the backyard.

Unsettled peace
greys the rows
of tree fuzz.

Cardinals peep
contrapuntally,
slightly anxious.

My facial tics
pause in memory
of my bent neighbor.

She pushed
her walker
to the green plastic barrel.

We heard
whispers in the alley
off the main road.

Now, maudlin electricians
are raising new poles,
re-stringing wires,

giving the dead woman
many mourners.
Orange-lighted trucks

process along the alleyway.
A leaf turns
to remove its hat.


Silent Stones

At the borderland
of wood and quarry,
I sunk along sumac.

I like to snap
twigs and hear lambs’ ear
in my forest furnaces.

Every molten generation
sits in flush
and smokehouse pink,

like a wandering lad
who sees deer
in nude exchange.

Those rocks mark
my mother’s weeds.
I’m a tramping kid

who dropped off
the quarry’s edge.
It killed her insides

like a stumble
of silent stones
above our yard.


Jan Wiezorek has taught writing at St. Augustine College, Chicago, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming at The London Magazine, Southern Pacific Review, Bindweed Magazine, Panoplyzine, Better Than Starbucks, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He is author of Awesome Art Projects That Spark Super Writing (Scholastic, 2011) and holds a master’s degree in English Composition/Writing from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

One thought on “Two Poems

  1. Cardinals peep
    contrapuntally,
    slightly anxious!

    With this I knew I was in for a treat

    ‘A leaf turns
    to remove its hat.’ — Wonderful!

    You certainly put your time in,
    and it has rewarded us all with wonderful reading experiences.

    Thank you for sharing
    -IV

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