Sunday, March 25, 2012

A piece of the sun


Leprechaun Trap
For Emma

So here’s the plan. First, we wait,
for rain, and lure in what always
follows. Waiting is the hardest
part, don’t you think? Once we
have one, we carve off a good
slice being sure to get enough
of each color if the thing’s going
to work. Then we borrow a piece
of the sun from mom’s jewelry box,
say a ring or a broach, .22-carat
minimum, yellow, dazzling, soft.

Next we find a small iron kettle,
one with runic symbols and a handle,
place the gold inside, and hang
the carved arc of ‘bow from a
tree limb directly over it. Then
we hide in the bushes and start
playing a pennywhistle, quietly
at first, then gradually louder.
Then we wait again. Waiting is
the funnest part, don’t you think?

Joseph Gallo
March 15, 2012


Monday, March 12, 2012

A purpose unseen from here


Happy Birthday, Cyrano

Between life and legend, we are each delivered
to the days we will inhabit. Bodies of breath and
becoming, we move through our time as if born
to do so. Brave-boned in bluster, we take the small
hills abandoned to our victories, flat summits made
for brief flags we keep handy in some back pocket.

Yours was the Gascogne majesty of a white plume
inscribed with an heir of another’s blood, yours too
ignoble and Parisian to ever allow it be forgotten
in the hands of a playwright. Yours would be a tale
not so much truth as trifle and triumph, your name
an echo that sets bells still within these welling ears.

This was your day as it is mine, arrived and departed,
as aimless birds cross and recross broken skies like smoke
and feathers charged to a purpose unseen from here.
Some might call it religion or, worse, a radiance wrought
of divine origin the science of your reason will never confer.
This becomes destiny and, as you sang, you leave it all to us.

Joseph Gallo
March 6, 2012