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Poem: As if crying

As if crying

By Patrick T. Reardon


Month money envelopes,

unlabeled something cans,

irregulared clothing,

big boy, little kids, duty.


Shoes on sideboard,

morning machine.

Line up, line down.


Church altar, gold, silver,

cryptic incense language,

holy storm organ,

big boy, gowned, bowed with Latin,

little kids.


Face to hands after Communion,

like the men, as if crying.


Signboard jungle playground,

dirt field, alley junking.

Concrete garbage playground,

white shirt streaked emerging,



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,


throne of heaven.


Patrick T. Reardon


This poem originally appeared in After Hours, Winter 2021.

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