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Poetry: Three poems by Sandra Kolankiewicz

by / 4 Comments / 03/05/2014

By Sandra Kolankiewicz

 

All the Eyes of All the Needles

 

A thousand suits with no shoes, walking

to worship absent feet, drawn to the

 

action lacking exposition, the

red tie phenomenon in blue air.

 

Leave your hats behind!, they shout to each

other, making their way, protecting

 

the head unseemly, as if the brain

must be offered up, left open to wide

 

exposure, as if sheltering and brim

hide an unfettered nature. I have

 

dirt underneath my fingernails, for

the world is invisibly filthy.

 

I look down to see I have toiled in

the fields all day without wearing gloves.

 

 

Bad Teaching

 

Her temper wound itself around her words

 

when we missed the mark, so we felt

lucky if not distracted by some teen

 

age rule when it was our turn to

 

be cropped for having a conversation

in our heads, not recognizing

 

the signs. The front yard blistered in the sun.

 

In the yearbook, not one house has

trees. How did we survive prosperity?

 

Like all else, incidents aren’t known

 

until later, notoriety years

past, when we can no longer perform the

 

skills that garnered us accolades.

 

 

Tasked

 

No more oceans or rivers, which can help

only so much. Forget the cliffs with the

views or the tops of mountains and ‘off

like a bird.’ They can mean just something when

we need everything, distracting with their

beauty when we need hard ugliness to

bloom, the lily dated, inefficient.

Don’t sit down—are you crazy! Your mother’s

voice tells you to make out of nothing with a scrap

of tin foil and a piece of cloth through which

you can filter the dawn sky; then, be gone

for the day as if you were a man. That’s

how things are now; if you’ve only two suits,

then there are merely two shirts, two pants, two

jackets to wash. Few know the difference

because all wear the same fabric, stubborn

effort required over reflective breath.

 

 

About the author:

Nearly 150 of Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in journals over the past thirty-five years. Her chapbook  ‘Turning Inside Out’  won the Black River Chapbook Competition at Black Lawrence Press.  ‘Blue Eyes Don’t Cry’  won the Hackney Award for the Novel. She has a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Ohio University and attended the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. She currently lives with her family in Marietta, Ohio, and teaches at a community college in West Virginia.

 

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Ali is a Law undergraduate at the University of Portsmouth with an especial interest in Constitutional Law. He is a keen musician playing mandolin, guitar, drums and keyboards. He also enjoys writing music and poetry.

  • David Klugman

    invisibly filthy – wonderful poems Sandra – Bravo yet again!