Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Sunday Poet: Llyn Clague

Llyn Clague
Llyn Clague is a poet based in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.  His poems have been published widely, including in Ibbetson Street, Atlanta Review, Wisconsin Review, California Quarterly, Main Street Rag, New York Quarterly, and other magazines.  His seventh book, Hard-Edged and Childlike, was published by Main Street Rag in September, 2014.  Visit www.llynclague.com

The Lined Pad

Stung again,
I sit with ancient envy
and a pad,
a pad lined like a keyboard,
the cold black-and-white instrument
my always older sister, as a child,
used so brilliantly to grab love –
a pad, whose slat-like rows,
blank with potential, stretch to the far edge,
and, from last night,
a memory that evokes, instead of envy
and its darker sisters fear and greed,
light –
a memory, after we both,
in our old age, confessed to depression,
blank with possibles and stretching out far, too far, out to the edge –
of her saying that,
however dark the despair,
by sitting at the piano and playing,
improvising, toying, almost doodling, she could lift
however briefly. 

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