Wlliam Rivera

A Final Thought

“Beautiful & Pointless,” the poet quips.
Not practical.
Flippant tales. 
At best amorphous mystery.
A truth perhaps: there’s something in the dark. 
We know
silent mirrors don’t let go.

Outside, a white squirrel sails in green.
I reflect on trees, wave hello, goodbye,
                an array of gods into authority.

Still, I thirst for what’s not known, the final
what. —Gather short-handed words,
to gain a peek into a former feeling meant
to sway—what once was beautiful or not,
in a final thought.

William M. Rivera is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Café Select (Poet’s Choice Publisher, 2016), Noise (Broadkill River Press, 2015), and Buried in the Mind's Backyard (Brickhouse Books, 2011), as well as a chapbook, The Living Clock (Finishing Line Press, 2013) A second chapbook is forthcoming in early 2019: Wishbone Voices: A Walk Down Calliope Street. He was poetry editor for the Carolina Quarterly from 1953-1955. Born in New Orleans, Rivera has traveled widely (in more than 20 countries). He taught agricultural development at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1981-2009. In recent years, he has published in numerous literary magazines, including: Innisfree, Broadkill River Review, Raven’s Perch, The Broome Review, California Quarterly, Gargoyle, Recursive Angel, The Curator Magazine, Third Wednesday, Ghazal. Lit Undressed, Blazevox, The Pangolin Review, 2River Review, Loch Raven, and Dual Coast Magazine.



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