Unexpected Terrain

Three poems
by JD DeHart
 
Cartography
 
Whenever someone tells him they
are going to have him latitude on
some issue, his mind always travels
to maps.
 
Roads and rivers like blood vessels,
many pages to fold, he remembers his
uncle planning a trip with pens
and highlighters.
 
Of course, the map is never an exact
duplicate or representation of the world
it arrived from. There are always issues.
 
One day, he mapped his own future
on the many pages of what his family gave
him, but terrain still surprises him –
formations look more imposing in real life.
 
Electric
 
In an electric night, we
could see the atmosphere playing
games with the scampering
creatures, hide and seek,
ethereal tag
 
A moon hung low with its
illumination on a dun desert canvas
as lightning, incongruous, gathered
alongside
 
A coyote explains the situation
to a rabbit, saying that the world
might be coming to an end or
rebirth.
 
Spending Time with Words
 
I could write
a song that would divide the world,
or no I couldn’t
 
My words do not have
the weight of a thousand angels
or a cliff’s mooring
 
But I can offer an adjective
or two so that a way can be
cleared a bit, a pebble moved,
a bit of small truth to share.
 
—————–
JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. His work has recently appeared at Cacti Fur and Dime Show Review. DeHart blogs at jddehartfeaturepoems.blogspot.com.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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