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J.R. Solonche

In Issue 5 on March 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm

For Three Straight Mornings

For three straight mornings
now I have seen
the same white heron
standing on the same stone.
In this we are brothers, for I,
for three straight mornings now,
have been standing on the same thought.

Well Then If I Have To

sit here for all this time
and do nothing except look out
the window at the rain,
that is what I’ll do.
I will not go mad.
I will not gain wisdom.
But when I’m done,
I will know more about sitting,
and I will know more about looking,
and I will know more about rain.

A Life

If I have chosen a life that doesn’t move,
if I have chosen a life that has turned gray from permanence,
if I have chosen a life that is a stone in a stream worn smooth,

how else would I make sure I would not get lost,
how else would you know where to find me,
how else could you hear what the stream sounds like?

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The poems of J.R. Solonche have been appearing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is coauthor of PEACH GIRL: POEMS FOR A CHINESE DAUGHTER (Grayson Books). He teaches at SUNY Orange in Middletown, New York.

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