Jim McCann YouTube Mix

Yes, it is a long way from Clare
to the financial district, but it has a good view
of elbows and mid-sections,
backpacks and shoulder bags.
Although equally crowded, it’s true that,
under normal circumstances,
the commuter train is faster.
Today, however, is far from normal,
and Grace resonates
on the shuttle bus
leaving from the derailment.

 

  -In memory of Jim McCann, October 26, 1944 – March 5, 2015

 

 

 

 

Vera S. Scott
written 18 July 2019

Pink and purple clouds serrate and bank together

watching the slivered moon and one star;

shop lights burn in the vacant building.

 

 

(from June 2017)

For Tommy* and those who loved him

Three days ago it mattered.
We wondered how many
crows gather on the church’s crenellation; how seldom
words contain the vowel formation oeu;
how gradually to stir uncooked risotto into the boiling water.
Who cares now?
By what audacity does decanted wine breathe,
or, linen covered pillows rest fluffily and unaffected?
We hear distance winds loudly agitate the water’s surface,
witness gray squirrels restlessly
dash through our gardens. Each of our feet plods
over and over after the other
in the emptiness
of dusk.  But there seems no reason for it.
It simply continues to happen.

 

                                                                             *Thomas Barton 1977-2019