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Poem: As if crying

As if crying

By Patrick T. Reardon

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Month money envelopes,

unlabeled something cans,

irregulared clothing,

big boy, little kids, duty.

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Shoes on sideboard,

morning machine.

Line up, line down.

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Church altar, gold, silver,

cryptic incense language,

holy storm organ,

big boy, gowned, bowed with Latin,

little kids.

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Face to hands after Communion,

like the men, as if crying.

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Signboard jungle playground,

dirt field, alley junking.

Concrete garbage playground,

white shirt streaked emerging,

crab-appled.

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Blacktop lot, scoured gray-white,

wind, feet, rain, creviced,

shards of one hundred million bottles,

brown, green, clear,

constellation in morning sun,

cosmos in angled light refracted,

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throne of heaven.

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Patrick T. Reardon

6.30.22

This poem originally appeared in After Hours, Winter 2021.

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