Rose Kelleher



WHITE MONKEY

 

I'm from the tribe that traveled

upriver, hungering mossward

into cloud country.

 

Past bird tangle and sundust hours,

past the peaks that guard the end of Here

my brothers trooped, the old old family

sawgrass-eaten many bones ago.

 

We were the color of cave-shade,

dark as shuteye. We became night nothing

when panthers passed, catmouth breathing,

under the cave of treetop-watching eyes.

We were shorthairs too, like you,

in the gone away day.

 

Cold kills everything not shaggy there,

even the hollow dogs grow thick as yaks

in shiver time, when rain falls white and weightless

as lice, and hills turn silverback.

Now we're like our land,

icicle-furred, moon waders,

but still your kind.





Rose Kelleher's poems have appeared in Anon, The Shit Creek Review, Snakeskin, and other venues. Her first book, Bundle o' Tinder, was published by Waywiser Press in 2008.









                                    

 

Home
Current Issue
Submissions
Contributors' Notes


Email this poem Printer friendly page

A CLOSER LOOK: John Koethe

Bruce Bennett

Jane Blue

Debra Bruce

Phillip Calderwood

Ann Cale

Michael Catherwood

Christina Daub

Nancy Devine

Paul Fisher

E. Laura Golberg

Erica Goss

Paul Grayson

Gabe Heilig

Heather Hughes

Rich Ives

Rose Kelleher

Douglas Korb

Mary Ann Larkin

Lyn Lifshin

Doris Lynch

Katie Manning

Laura Manuelidis

Bonnie Maurer

Joan Mazza

Judith McCombs

Rachel McGahey

Claire McGoff

Joe Mills

Jean Nordhaus

Scott Owens

William Page

Rhodora Penaranda

Jacklyn Potter

Oliver Rice

Elisavietta Ritchie

A.L. Rodenberg

Marybeth Rua-Larsen

Tania Runyan

David Salner

E.M. Schorb

Lynda Self

Janice D. Soderling

Jim Solomone

Jack Stewart

John Surowiecki

Sharlie West

More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2017 - 4:18:11 PM

Copyright 2005 - 2017 Cook Communication.