Catalog of a Recovery

It’s come down to hints:
clandestine signs in the woods,
vacuumed leaves hustling
to cover his rearview trail,
the pronated footprints
of pipers along the beach,
driftwood twisted like
something he might know.
His heart aches less.
An Italian tablecloth
cheers the room. He
charges softener salt
at Grossman’s Hardware.
He’ll pay extra, gladly,
for more heat, for lower
expectations roaring quietly
on this western front.

D. R. James’s latest of nine collections are Flip Requiem (Dos Madres Press, 2020), Surreal Expulsion (The Poetry Box, 2019), and If god were gentle (Dos Madres Press, 2017), and his micro-chapbook All Her Jazz is free, fun, and printable-for-folding at Origami Poems Project. He lives in the woods near Saugatuck, Michigan. His author page:

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