Poem of the Month

Poem of the Month

A new poem will be placed here each month, usually from one of my published collections.

My poem for April 2019 is an animal poem from my recently re-issued Of Earth, Water, Air and Fire: animal poems (Melos 2013; 2019)

 

ORANG-UTAN

 

We tense at each collision

as you strike the bars.

 

Those orange wisps of fur,

the bruised, black nose,

 

the eyes that plead

as if I held the keys

 

that could release you,

from this narrow cage.