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Old Master Meets New
Moon's silver opalescence mingles
with morning sun's gold dissolve.
Memory takes away hard lines
from objects, flowers, grazing cattle:
paradisiac oasis lost in ethereal haze.
Where does air begin and water leave off?
The sky questions, always questions.
When in Rome, I cross crowded hillsides
in search of passive dream.
A beach shadowed by ancient ruins
reveals waves of discovery,
modern beauty accenting predecessor's
like so many dusty aqueducts.
This is the wilderness bequeathed me,
accented voices raising complaint to art.
I look for brave charger,
electrical thrust and parry,
steed to carry me across rivers of time.
These cave walls like pomegranates
hide sweet cache of savored seeds
around each unknowable turn.
I shiver in dawn's aurora,
shed my clothing, prepare to return
to this life I've never known.
That year the dead end was filled with death.
Our somber game shouts did little to change
the course of the stinging cold air's attack
as we dropped back from engaging gauntlet
of post pattern; the self-importance of deking
defender to bask in false sun of pride's victory.
Hollow echoes returned our voices
as raw grunts and feeble guffaws,
exposing bravado as youthful swagger.
Everything was a contest.
It seemed to matter so much,
trying hard to impress the older sister
who refused to look our way.
In the end nothing could protect
any of us anyway.
Death cheats to win,
but that's the playbook
and it's always a surprise.
I'll remember her eyes the most:
the fragile fire within them,
the promise of hope and family
gone in an instant, broken,
remiss, a target for longing
Gary Glauber is a New York-based poet, fiction writer, journalist, and teacher. He has published two collections, Small Consolations (Aldrich Press, 2015) and Worth the Candle (Five Oaks Press, 2017), as well as a chapbook, Memory Marries Desire (Finishing Line Press, 2016). SurVision Books have published his chapbook The Covalence of Equanimity, one of the winners of James Tate Poetry Prize 2019.