Spring Reign by Dean Young


River Styx, a partly subterranean waterway, em...

River Styx, a partly subterranean waterway, emerges onto the surface in Mammoth Cave National Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Spring Reign by Dean Young


Thank you whoever tuned the radio
to rain, thank you who spilled
the strong-willed wine for not
being me so I’m not to blame. I’m glad


I’m not that broken tree although


it looks sublime. And glad I’m not


taking a test and running out of time.


What’s a tetrahedron anyway? What’s


the sublime, 3,483 divided by 9,


the tenth amendment, the ferryman’s name


on the River Styx? We’re all missing


more and more tricks, losing our grips,


guilty of crimes we didn’t commit.


The horse rears and races then moves no more,


the sports coupe grinds to a stop, beginning


a new life as rot, beaten to shit, Whitman


grass stain, consciousness swamp gas,


the bones and brain, protoplasm and liver,


ground down like stones in a river. Or does


the heart’s cinder wash up as delta froth


out of which hops frog spawn, dog song,


the next rhyming grind, next kid literati?


Maybe the world’s just a bubble, all


philosophy ants in a muddle,


an engine inside an elk’s skull on a pole.


Maybe an angel’s long overdue and we’re


all in trouble. Meanwhile thanks whoever


for the dial turned to green downpour, thanks


for feathery conniptions at the seashore


and moth-minded, match-flash breath.


Thank you for whatever’s left.





7 comments on “Spring Reign by Dean Young

  1. doncarroll says:

    I really like this. I can see struggles as well as being paralyzed by something. It’s just a take on it. I also lie a lot of the word combinations.


  2. Lindy Lee says:

    TigerGrove, this is just gorgeous, a real winner, readable over & over & over…


  3. Lindy Lee says:

    TigerGrove gets credit for posting & Dean Young gets credit for writing. Sorry, haste makes waste. This follower should be more careful…


  4. Magnificent website. A lot of helpful info here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you to your effort!


  5. granbee says:

    Yes, a nice green rain solves a lot of problems. All of Creation, except humans, often know best how to spend a day correctly.


  6. You could certainly see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.


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