[You reach as if this rock], Simon Perchik

Urban-9-P1020239The Pearl, 45X80, acrylic on canvas, Gary Buhler

You reach in as if this rock
is still beating :each gust
returned the way its shadow

cooled between touching down
and the darkness that would become
stone, spared from why the sun

blew out its planets for something
not yet blood or moving or small
that never leaves, was taught

to embrace, be held though now
it’s a nothing to this lovesick dirt
these two fingers and afterward.

Simon Perchik

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