Michael Keshigian


N. Henry, "Doggie in the window"
N. Henry, “Doggie in the window”


Between the yews,

the long face pant of a Doberman

and the chirping dead center of his paw,

a cricket,

while a black-eye cardinal whistles

a yellow beak phrase.

May, and suddenly again, ungodly winter.

Halfway through this house,

painting it, the Spring,

and well passed that point in my life,

I plead to heaven that this afternoon

no longer becomes the seven previous

afternoons bringing,

that wet, muddy brown muck

that doubtless forms a moat

about the foundation

to propagate the mosquitoes

who will fatten upon my skin

and torture the dog’s ears

to blood crusted outlines,

a few might even catch

my lover and me

as we frolic beneath the rumpled oak,

hidden amid saturated leaves,

unless somehow

the sun again peeks in fair blue

with long light,

rejoiced by birds

and the garrulous squirrels

atop their pine perches.

Let the dog lie prostrate

in the soothing rays

and let us all breathe softly

where the lick of warmth radiates.

N. Henry, "Wedding flowers"
N. Henry, “Wedding flowers”


Every Spring

he appreciates

all the small things,

including the warm mist

of morning dreams,

the spongy red litter

under tall white pines.

Mid season, the lilacs

pierce the fog

and reach for

a crackling lick of sun

to turn their pointed heads

a lighter shade of mauve.

In their shadows,

he could see the lazy gaze

of time in a drowsy pose,

holding the universe in stasis,

a dark window

within the thickets

slightly open

so he might capture

the prized moment

and observe the blossoms,

how they open

with a breath of light,

how their indigo lungs

swell in the air

to blaze their radiance

amid the fire of the world,

how the pungent fragrance

pierces the wind

as the perfumed sprays

of pale purple haze engulf him.


Michael Keshigian’s tenth poetry collection, Beyond, was released May, 2015 by Black Poppy.  He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals most recently including Poesy, The Chiron Review, California Quarterly, and has appeared as feature writer in over a dozen publications with 5 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (michaelkeshigian.com)

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