Perry S. Nicholas
I am an Associate Professor of English at Erie Community College North in Buffalo, N.Y. I have 5 books, 2 chapbooks, and 1 CD of poetry. I am married to Maria Sebastian, a well-known singer/songwriter, and we perform our poetry and music together at many venues in the WNY area. For more information please visit my website: www.perrynicholas.com
And You Brought Me Home
I wandered for years under neon signs,
exploding dumpsters that marked my life,
believing words were stronger than actions,
solitude more comforting than any kind of love.
I was wrong. I could never survive in Las Vegas
or the swirling tempests of the Cyclades.
The moon was no savior, and being alone
just an excuse for being afraid.
Afraid one morning I might wake,
pleased I had no one to warm my bed.
Odysseus must have travelled this way
through battles, monsters, and jealous Sirens.
Yet I am no Odysseus, not brave enough,
a regular man propped by drunken dead promises.
But the winds changed direction,
to coin a cliché, and I discovered you,
half goddess, half mortal, a figurehead
leading me gently into foreign ports.
I dropped the suitcases of my introspection,
tore away labels of loneliness,
tracked you toward a safer horizon,
where natural light and solid earth peaked.
I crawled out of the sorry gallows below,
followed your beckoning sway home.
A visit to the cemetery, December 2015
I’m a little jealous
someone else got to you first,
left plastic red roses
on your front lawn.
I know I haven’t visited
for a very long time,
though, to you, time
must float by like a feather,
but I’ve been trying not to smoke,
nor dwell anymore in the past.
Someone told me a truly happy
person lives in the present.
I believe only what I can see,
wish I was more like you
than mother with her hard ground.
Plastic roses won’t grow on her behalf.
©2016 Perry S. Nicholas