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Almost Blue
(trumpet and vocals by Chet Baker)

by Patricia Carragon


my mood grows jazzy

                 almost blue

unlike robinís egg   nighttime   or the Adriatic Sea

closer to the wild Baptisia australis   or Ajnaís doorway

non-existent in a Crayola box   or on a Pantone chart

                  almost blue        only I can see   hear   or feel

my color has a face   a voice   a trumpetís grief   a heartbeat   slow & broken


                 & eyes   ears   & hands
                                          articulate more than words


The Handkerchief

he hides his head in a hoodie

a scarf covers his mouth
         skull-like pattern
                   front tooth missing

his eyes
         in between a threat
                  or apology

death lurks in the night

loveís being tested
        his eyes more scared
                 than mine


First published in Orbis International Literary Journal, #192, June 2020

Patricia Carragon is author of Angel Fire (Alien Buddha Press), Meowku (Poets Wear Prada), The Cupcake Chronicles (Poets Wear Prada), and Innocence (Finishing Line Press). Available on amazon.com.  She also is curator/editor-in-chief of Brownstone Poets, Brooklyn, NY.

 



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