Esther Greenleaf Murer
I started getting serious about learning the poetic craft when I turned seventy. My first collection, Unglobed Fruit, appeared in 2011. Links to many of my published poems may be found on my blog http://esthergreenleafmurer.blogspot.com/. I am featured poet in the June 2014 issue of KIN http://wearekin.org/author/egmurer/
times two oranges
make four square oranges.
These, neither palpable
nor mute, gibber at gawkers
from their prison under glass,
then slip behind the frame
to multiply in private.
Sixteen time-traveling oranges,
cube edges blurred, hop
from recollection to foreboding,
sample mud and medallions
in a jagged tour
of fossil tracks and unbuilt skyroads
zagging from whimper
Their two hundred fifty-six offspring
hurtle outward past the climbing
of the moon, speed on the solar wind,
warp beyond spacetime
to that nowhen where a throbbing
googolplex of rhymed oranges
implode into a syzygy
of poem : mean : be.
(Originally published in Mimesis)
The Mail Cart and the Pigeon
Waiting on the sidewalk,
the postman's lonely mail cart
meets a pigeon, and is smitten.
Each day while the postman
plays junkmail solitaire
in countless vestibules,
the pigeon and the mail cart prink prink prink
up and down the block in single file,
head and letters bobbling in sync sync sync.
The postman reappears. The mail cart
deftly dims its green-and-lilac
sheen, unpouts its pouchfront,
and is again correct in navy blue.
©2014 Esther Greenleaf Murer