Dave Seter

Sentries Among Broken Rock

When the wind blows hard here angels take cover.

Maybe that's how you came to me, through cracks

in these former barracks walls where I trace knots

and gnarls and write my poems. Tonight, the moon

strikes the ocean until it gleams like a shield.

The sergeants and corporals are gone, but artists

take their place as sentries among this broken rock.

I wasn't built for war, or to agitate peace.

I'm strictly a dreamer of clouds and comets,

but science has let me down, unable to predict orbits.

Tonight winter overtakes the willows and washes away

their gowns, our syllables. I don't doubt

the slingshot force of the Universe. Written into

the sky, we circle but never really speak you and I.

Currently enrolled in the MA in Humanities Program at Dominican University of California, Dave Seter earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.  His poetry has recently appeared in Appalachia, Tulane Review, Spillway, Raven Chronicles, and various other publications.  He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.  Born in Chicago, he has lived on both coasts, and currently resides in Sonoma County, California.  His first collection, the chapbook Night Duty, was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.



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