Marked Measures of Death’s March

The Poem a Day challenge today was to write a piece about the word “post.”


Marked Measures of Death’s March

Walking what I remember to be
desert roads, cloudy but paved,
layers of dust bracketing charcoal,
and as a child, remembering ranch

fences, posts at regular intervals,
counting time and space in a day
broken by too many micro moments
of doubt. The posts work, providing

false assurance, brokering chunks
of lanky steps, and I’m done, remembering
now, an emptiness, ripping pains, merely
a prologue to destitute soaking old, blue
nerves on this miserable leather couch.


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  1. #1 by clinock on April 19, 2013 - 12:16 am

    You are an amazing poet Carl – hope you know that…

    • #2 by Carl on April 29, 2013 - 1:59 pm

      John, thank you again for your kindness. I’m lucky to receive that for it keeps me going.

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