Do you take the time to listen
to each drop of a leaking faucet?
Like tears that contain a multitude
of memories and doubts.
Maybe the drain is a wormhole
leading to a galaxy of velvet, silk,
and cheap cologne, two buttons
opened on a short-sleeved denim
shirt that hides growls of thunder
in my chest and a torrential downpour
in the stomach. Hunger belongs to
all seasons. Let us eat what the forest
provides, drink from the running brook.
The dragonfly is the poet’s metaphor,
the paintbrush’s stroke on the
morning canvas. How I long to fly,
yet learn from Icarus’ lesson.
When next the stars weep, I will
greet them with wings extended.
John Casquarelli is the author of two full-length collections:
On Equilibrium of Song (Overpass Books, 2011) and Lavender (Authorspress, 2014).
He is a Lecturer of Academic Writing at Koç Üniversitesi in Istanbul, and the
Managing Editor for Lethe Journal. His work has appeared in numerous
journals and anthologies.
PEN Norway would like to thank John for his enormous contribution to the project.