Poetry

Nexus (for Neruda)

by RC James

Nexus (for Neruda)

a sun-sprawled,
ambling
Sunday,
I see him
and his wife
speak to families
on the sidewalk;
each encounter
ends in laughter.

His surreal,
erotic lines,
intricate
as opalescent shells’
inner curves,
run
through
susshing,
booming,
froth-tossing
waves.

And always,
the boats;
a solitary fisherman
untangles lines,
as black crosses
of trawlers
further out,
wait on
elusive
schools.

Down a side street
kids hop-scotch,
dogs bark,
worry
wild-wheeling
bike riders.
She enters
a green house,
he wields pen
toward water,
entertains
complications,
tango-steps
away
from empty-page
demons.

He has the first
stanza,
the next,
shuffles to a halt,
finger to temple,
searches for
the close.

The horizon
gives it
to him;
in that thin line,
lighter
than the broad lay
of water,
he sees
the breath,
the sighs.

***

About the author:

RC James was born in Portsmouth, N.H. 1943. He is a veteran of the culture wars. Member and worker in Resistance groups from the Sixties on up to the present.

Organizer and co-editor of: Flowing Upstream – A Resistance Anthology –by Artists on the Run – soon to be published.

RC grew up in New Hampshire, lived 20 yrs. In the East Village, 20 yrs. – various South American countries.
He now lives in Albuquerque, NM, without a dog or cat, but a very colorful unbroken piñata. Advocate for Universal Cannabis Freedoms.

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One Comment

  1. One brilliant tribute to Pablo.

    She enters
    a green house,
    he wields pen
    toward water,
    entertains
    complications,

    tango-steps
    away
    from empty-page
    demons. THIS – Amazing in particular

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