Saturday, June 09, 2018

The Sunday Poet: Tree Riesener

Tree Riesener

Tree Riesener is the author of  Sleepers Awake, a collection of fiction, winner of the Eludia Award (Sowilo Press), The Hubble Cantos (Aldrich Press), and EK (Cervena Barva Press). Angel Fever, a chapbook, has been published by Ravenna Press as part of their Triple series, Triple No. 5. Three previous chapbooks are Liminalog, Angel Poison and Inscapes. Her website is

peeping tom

I like to think about you
in heaven

I’m in the cold black night
under a window
behind me surf booms and crashes
my footsteps slowly fill with water

when I look
through the window
you’re in a warm bright room
nobody sees me looking in

I watch them welcome you
embrace you
the christmas tree
glowing in every color
eggnog in a chinese bowl
some sort of classical music
probably haydn or mozart
softly from a string quartet

everybody hangs on your words
as you tell your story
every once in a while
patting your hand
when you wipe away tears

I turn away
walk through drifting fog
down the dark road
to that little all-night bar

shaking with cold
I gulp down a strong coffee
with plenty of sugar
have a couple of drinks
to make sure
the coffee won’t keep me awake

in that warm room
after the hot drink and the whiskey
I cross my arms on the table
like school kids
when it’s time to rest

lay my head down
and fall asleep

thinking about you in heaven

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