Donald Zirilli

In Memory Boxes



. . . and your fine yellow hair

lilting like a childish song

is finally gone, gone

the handsome brocade

upon your collar.

Your eyes and nose like marbles

roll to corners and the fluttering seductions

of your mouth lie now

utterly still. This is my will,

these are the bric-a-brac I’ve broken,

the such-and-such I roughly tucked away so I could touch

the loneliness of your face.


By day, Don Zirilli is a director of web programming for a healthcare informatics company.  Most of the rest of the time, he is writing poetry, taking photographs and making art.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Drew University. His poetry has been published in River Styx, Art Times, Specs, Anima, Iota, Antiphon, and other literary magazines and anthologies. He was the editor of Now Culture, a journal of literature and arts, in addition to being the art editor of The Shit Creek Review. In 2015, his painting served as the cover of the Red Wheelbarrow poetry anthology, in which he was also the featured poet. Don and his wife, Colleen, live in Tranquility, New Jersey, with 2 dogs and 3 cats.



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