Tag Archives: Michael Meyerhofer

Summer at Twelve

The girls at the swimming pool, sudden goddesses in bathing suits, seemingly deified overnight then dressed but barely covered to us, full of mystery, their bodies just learning to curve, to giggle, to capture our fascination as we forget all … Continue reading

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Staying Inside

I stayed inside today but had I gone out I might have written poems about blowing leaves or neighbors running through sprinklers or perhaps a line or two about the cardinal who landed briefly on my fence post then rose … Continue reading

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The End of Summer

I almost cry to think of it now— the summer ending, alone with you in the backyard, finishing the bucket of chicken from KFC which you loved even though you’re a vegetarian now, the two of us sitting, still a … Continue reading

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Poem for the Bug on My Basement Floor

In my basement gym, an insect long as my thumb, brown and gold, with many legs and feelers fore and aft—long bending appendages like bones from the wings of birds. Halfway through my workout, I notice him on the floor, … Continue reading

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Between

One of the secretaries is talking about her dead mother today. How she dreams of her, and in the dream she asks her to stay awhile because she knows when she wakes up her mother will be gone. I’m glad, … Continue reading

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Superstition

Once, from Iceland to Wales people believed that the soul rose from the corpse as a tiny tongue of flame— blue for children, yellow for adults, sometimes in groups foretelling how many deaths and funerals were to come. As in … Continue reading

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The Diggers

This is where we went wrong: that first day, eons back, after humans draped in hair or animal skins with sharp yellow teeth and filthy fingernails, at last found a plant they could eat and wondered what lay beneath it. … Continue reading

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