“Over, There” by Matthew Hetznecker

A shepherd’s farm littered with tin cups.
A pond grew up form a mortar
and in it two fingered bones
draw circles in the brown water

A crooner’s voice whirls like
yellow smoke, bitter and chocked
from a window four miles away.

A Catherine’s wheel or chariot rides
on a sky too dark.
Something small
crawls under
a horse’s rib and rest
his head inside it’s throat.

A green wool coat stained
with mud and blood,
tightens around
a rope on a tree.

Barren hills with pillbox hats
and orange plums
that spit,
with a rhythm that marks the time.

A whistle blows, and a wave
of green or blue unearths itself.

Rattle Crack, ricochet and thud.
Yells and moans, it’s 4 pm again.

There’s a line in a channel of dirt.
A shifting moving millipede of
a creature, it peers over the rim
into a world.

A photograph, a girl with hands
folded in her lap.
She wears black coat with a laced sleeve peeking out.
A blade,
pierces the top and a time piece is wrapped around the handle.

On a rusted, curled razor wire is a
flag.
It beats like a wing with the breezes.
An honest flag,
blue bays of wishes, walks, caresses
and kisses.

An angrier god,
One who knew this farm as wood,
full of nightmares.
Woke up from idyllic sleep, cut open
the pasture.
Lay bear a wound,
again
and claimed his children.

Matthew Hetznecker

Photo by VC Ferry

All Rights Reserved

© 2009

3 comments

  1. lkthayer · January 20, 2010

    Beautifully written Matthew, very suspenseful, riveting…welcome to The Juice Bar!! LK 🙂

  2. Lordy · January 20, 2010

    ……”on a sky too dark.” Yes distrubing as you read thru. Yet we see an artist of real talent. But I could be wrong as I say welcome to the mad axeman! Just two letters separate sane from insane!!

  3. Adesh Kaur · January 23, 2010

    Matthew!!! This is an AMAZING poem. So visual and ow. The images are killing me. You went deep into the dark muse. Thank you.

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