“For Billie Holiday” and “Snapshot: Pre-Breakup” by Vicki Poulos

For Billie Holiday

Lyric rent from fettered fruit.
Trades
silk
for
kerosene.
Trades
elegy
for
dirge.
Trades
unfettered lyric from rent fruit.

Snapshot: Pre-Breakup

Aside the now idle steps held hands
sustain
an
instant’s
shutter-hold
sustain
guttered
smiles,
cannot
sustain
held hands idling now, aside the steps.

Vicki Poulos
10/17/15

“Three Skinnys Between Kinderhook and Albany” by David P. Miller

Three Skinnys Between Kinderhook and Albany

January. From early dark
dusk
reflects

snow
against

dusk 

train

windows
.
          White
          dusk
          from early dark, January.

Three deer hidden from the highway
watching
          sleeping
          car
          drowser
watching
          winter
          window
          reflection
watching
three deer hidden from the highway.

Snow-overcoated rock pile
          slides
          railbed
          side.
          Train
          slides
          toward
          Chicago.
          Sunset
          slides
over snow-coated rock pile.

David P. Miller
10/8/15