Poem Without Words

by on Apr 30, 2015

Sometimes a poem just happens in plain air.
Mute, like mimes, the actors shimmer briefly
and are gone, leaving their outlines etched
in light, wordless but entire. Consider this:

the cemetery fence, the graves beyond;
the balding man, late middle-aged, who walks
towards the fence; fresh blooms against
a tombstone and dead flowers lobbed towards

the dump; the arc they make; the boy with Downs
who stumbles, weeping, close behind. The man,
the flowers and the boy. The air that framed them
and the light that picked them out.


Dick Jones has had work published in many magazines, paper and online. In 2010 Dick received a Pushcart nomination for his poem “Sea Of Stars” and his first collection, Ancient Lights, was published by Phoenicia Publishing in 2012. A translation of Blaise Cendrars’ iconoclastic epic poem “La Prose du Transsibérien…”, illustrated by Natalie D’Arbeloff, has just been published by The Old Stile Press.

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