Joshua Bocher, 10/12

Melodies by Bach

 

I.

 

An angel climbing a ladder

But the ladder

Is upside down

 

When she notices this,

She laughs

And laughs

 

 

II.

 

Sounds of frogs

And birds

Over a serene

Little lake

 

The trees stand

Straight

The sky

Darkens but

 

Moonlight shimmers

Off the water’s

Surface

 

I put my love’s

Hand

In mine,

And kiss it

 

This is

The delight of the mind

 

 

III.

 

The sunlight

Gently pushes

Through the shades

Of our bedroom

 

It brushes against my piles

Of papers and books

On the windowsill

 

Hearing my heavy breathing,

It wakes me from a nightmare I was having

Where I was being chased by wolves

In the midst of a murky swamp

I hate wet socks

 

 

IV.

 

A complaint

In minor chords

 

Sitting in an old hall

With extravagant architecture

 

I have forgotten

So much

 

 

V.

 

A cat walking

On the escalator,

Little Sisyphus

 

 

VI.

 

What to

Do

 

What

To do

 

Only sit

And pray

 

That sitting

In prayer

 

Is the answer

To our problems

 

 Joshua Bocher’s poems have been published in Clerestory, Issues, TYPE, and The Brown Literary Review.

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