Fall/Winter 2015-2016



Graham Everett

ALL AT WHICH I NOW SMILE

Grew up in a trailer camp, learned to read
& think about the hard world I saw across
the country road: wide-open fields, wind ripped
soil & days when blizzards howled as if a prairie
edged us into scrub-pine & second growth oaks

Childhood played its nightmare moments
through nights when ghosts & more ghosts
kept wailing against the trailerís thin tin skin

But we werenít alone & we were well fed
& afraid of getting in trouble, so we learned
not to get caught Ė how to lay lower than
a copís beam that swept any escape route

Those years of winter afternoons spent playing
in gullies & hollows which filled with water & froze
huge ponds for us to skate around on for hours
today, measure the very pace of my breathing


Now retired from Academia, Dr. Everett once again enjoys the artistic life. A book of new poems, Living with Others (with a Foreword by Dan Giancola), will be published soon. Graham was the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association's Long Island Poet for 2015.

 


 

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