idle chatter on a summer afternoon (RC deWinter)

it’s a nondescript day 

in an all too describable life

but i won’t bore you with all that

i’m not in the mood to undress

and who knows

your horrors may be more spectacular 

than mine

let’s talk about the sound of bells

during an earthquake

their frenzied clanging awakening every fear

you’d like to forget

the error messages flashing across 

the screen just before a hard disk dies

how ugly a handsome man becomes

when the truth of his soul is revealed

but enough of disaster damage

and disappointment

close your eyes and let me wrap you 

in the sensual caress of silk on bare skin

the enchantment of fireflies flickering

on a soft summer evening

the song in a baby’s first smile

the one you’ll remember forever

but enough of all of this 

i’ve bored you long enough 


have a drink

i think a martini might do us both 

a world of good


Favorite Drink: A very dirty martini.


RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), easing the edges: a collection of everyday miracles, (Patrick Heath Public Library of Boerne, 11/2021) The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Anthology (River Bend Bookshop Press, 12/2021), in print: 2River, Event, Gargoyle Magazine, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Plainsongs, Prairie Schooner, Southword, The Ogham Stone, Twelve Mile Review,  Variant Literature, York Literary Review among many others and appears in numerous online literary journals.  


image: MM Kaufman